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Chase leads Harrison Co. police to marijuana operation

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LANESVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A foot chase led to a meth lab and the discovery of more than 200 marijuana plants in Harrison County.  Police say it started with two suspects on Crandall-Lanesville Road.  They say the men eventually led police to a home which is also where police found a meth lab and marijuana plants.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department and Lanesville Police are working the case.  They say behind the home they found more than 200 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area.

It was a scary sight as police with rifles and bulletproof vests stood guard outside the home.

"Initially Lanesville Police were dispatched to the two males standing in the roadway," said Captain Brad Shepherd.

Police say the two males were William Berkley and Damon Schnellenberger, and what the two men did next was surprising.

Shepherd said, "The person(s) that they were chasing took 'em right into the marijuana patch so that's how the initial marijuana came about outside of the residence."

Captain Shepherd is with the Harrison County Police Department.  He says the plants had not matured: "They are only a couple feet tall at the most."

Police say marijuana was growing in pots and plastic cups, and they're pretty sure it was going to be sold.

"For a person who is normally growing marijuana for personal use, 10 or 20 plants is the most; but when you get over 200 marijuana plants in one area, that becomes an issue where it's not for personal use and it's for monetary gain," said Shepherd.

Inside a garage on the property police also found other items that might have been used to grow the plants including lights.  Inside the home there was more. According to Shepherd:  "Upon searching for the gentleman that ran we located what appeared to be remnants of a meth lab inside of the residence as well as more marijuana."

After the short chase, Berkley was arrested at the scene but Schnellenberger got away. Since the suspects actually led police to the home, we asked Captain Shepherd if this would qualify for Kentuckiana's dumbest criminals?  

"I'm going to say yes. First of all, when you've got the police chasing you you're not necessarily thinking about it. All you want to do is get away and go hide, and so where do most people go as kids?" said Shepherd

Both men are facing several charges right now, including cultivating marijuana.

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