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Indiana State Police-Pendleton District 51-Pendleton, IN
Monday March 16th, 2015 :: 11:42 p.m. EDT


Suspect Arrested in Wal-Mart Meth Lab Investigation

Muncie – Tonight shortly before 8:30 p.m. members of the Pendleton District Meth Suppression Squad located and arrested the man wanted for leaving a backpack Meth Lab in a Muncie Wal-Mart last Thursday night.

Meth Suppression Troopers located and arrested Tyler Armstrong, age 25 of Muncie, at the Taco Bell located at 2201 South Madison St. in Muncie. The ongoing investigation had led troopers to that neighborhood and they spotted Armstrong as he walked into the restaurant.

Armstrong attempted to resist officers when they identified themselves, but was subdued and taken into custody. He was lodged in the Delaware County Jail. Armstrong is charged with Aiding in the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine a Level 4 Felony; Dumping Controlled Substance Waste, Level 6 Felony and Criminal Recklessness, Level 6 Felony.

In addition Armstrong is charged with Battery on a Police Officer, Level 6 Felony and Resisting Law Enforcement, “A” Misdemeanor. Additional charges could be filed against Armstrong after the Delaware County Prosecutor’s review of the case.

Ashley Oliver, age 24 of Muncie, was with Armstrong at the time of his arrest and was also arrested for Aiding in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Level Four Felony. She also was lodged in the Delaware County Jail.

The Meth Suppression team was assisted in their investigation by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Staff, and was assisted at the scene by the Muncie Police Department and Delaware County EMS.

This investigation demonstrates that citizens may encounter Meth Labs or Meth lab trash anywhere, so it’s important to know what to look for. Meth trash can include Psuedoephedrine blister packs; Liquid Fire drain cleaner bottles, battery casings, and plastic drink bottles with white residue in the bottom. 

If you encounter any of the above items, or find an unattended backpack, gym bag or piece of luggage that appears out of place, call 9-1-1, or contact your local Indiana State Police Post. Anyone with any information about illegal drug activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous. 

The Indiana Meth Investigation System or IMIS, can also take tips on meth labs.  Just go to and click on the “Report Suspected Meth Activity” Link. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and destructive drug. Information regarding meth statistics, meth lab cleanup, educational videos and materials about meth manufacturing and addiction, can also be found on the Meth Investigation System, or IMIS, at

The attached photo is of Tyler Armstrong shortly after his arrest.

All Suspects Are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law



Indiana State Police-Pendleton District 51-Pendleton, IN
9022 Indiana 67
Pendleton, IN 46064

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 765-778-2121

John Bowling
Public Information Sergeant, Pendleton District 51
[email protected]

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