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Two meth labs busted

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By Sara Manifold, Community Editor

A Mount Vernon woman faces charges of dealing meth and child neglect after police say they found a  meth lab in the apartment she and two children were in.
The meth lab discovery was one of two labs located last weekend by Mount Vernon police.
According to the Posey County Narcotics Unit, Mount Vernon Police were called to an apartment at 721 Main Street, Apartment D, on Sunday, March 6 for a welfare check of two children.
Inside the home, police discovered an active meth lab.
Amanda J. Turner, 32, was at the apartment when police arrived.
The Posey County Narcotics Unit conducted the meth lab investigation.
Turner is charged with dealing methamphetamine, or manufacturing, a Class B felony; possession of two or more chemical precursors with intent to manufacture, a Class D felony; and neglect of a dependent, a Class C felony.
An initial hearing for Turner was held Monday, March 7 at the Posey County Circuit Court.
The two children in the home were put into custody of Posey County Child and Family Services. According to Posey County Narcotics Unit Director Kenny Rose, law enforcement has to follow special protocol when children are found at the scene of a meth lab.
Rose said the department of child services is dispatched and determine of the child needs immediate emergency services. According to the Indiana's Drug and Endangered Child Response Protocol, children in homes where meth is manufactured or dealt must be medically assessed.
On Saturday, March 5, Mount Vernon police responded to a possible residential breaking and entering at 615 W. Second Street.
When police arrived at the home, they found Michael L. Candler, 27, of Evansville. According to a press release from the narcotics unit, Candler had active warrants for his arrest out of Vanderburgh County, which he was arrested for and taken to the Posey County Jail, the press release states.
While at the home, police discovered items used in the manufacturing of meth.
The narcotics unit is still investigating both meth labs.
The Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to both meth labs to clear the chemical waste.