TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Just this past week, News 10 brought you the story of Blake Boles.
Boles was arrested for having a meth lab in his home. He also had pipe bombs in his pockets and several more explosive devices in his house.
This isn't unusual according to law enforcement.
In the last couple of years, the number of meth labs in Indiana have increased.
"There's a resurgence, a new popularity in the meth culture."
Just in the past month, we've shown you these suspects in the video.
All arrested for connection with methamphetamine.
With this recent rise in meth popularity comes other dangers.
"One alarming factor our officers, as well as other law enforcement in the Wabash Valley are coming across, when we find these meth labs, there are numerous weapons in the house and at times, explosive materials," said Indiana State Police Sergeant Joe Watts.
"So it's a different culture in the meth world. It seems to be firearms and explosive materials are on the rise in the meth culture versus other drug cultures," said Sergeant Watts.
With this comes new dangers not worried about before.
"So our officers not only have to worry about the dangers of dealing with that meth person, our officers are having to worry about dealing with explosive materials, the extra chance of firearms being on property, vehicles. So it adds a whole new danger dimension to what we're doing," said Sergeant Watts.
It's still being studied why certain meth abusers want to have extra firearms, explosive materials and other weapons.
"What we do know is that paranoia is a distinctive side effect of meth abuse. So there could be some correlation between paranoia and feeling the need to protect themselves with firearms and explosives should they come in contact with police."
This is what makes arresting meth abusers and manufacturers all the more frightening for our officers.
"Well, that's just a recipe for disaster. We know that. We train for that. But it is a dangerous world for our officers, as well as other officers in the Wabash Valley," said Sergeant Watts.
But Watts said the Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit will travel across state to help other law enforcement agencies stay safe.
"Those officers are highly trained. They have all the protective equipment. They have every piece of equipment they pretty much need to make the scene safe," said Sergeant Watts.
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