ECHO Housing employee accused of manufacturing methamphetamine

ECHO Housing employee accused of manufacturing methamphetamine

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An Evansville man is in jail and is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Officers responded to the 200 block of Baker Avenue just before 2 p.m. Friday.

Court documents show ECHO Housing officials found what was believed to be components used to manufacture methamphetamine. It shows they gave officers consent to search the building.

Authorities say they found several items used to make methamphetamine and six one-pot meth labs.

According to authorities, it was determined that 59-year-old Mark Nuckolls, an employee, was the only one with constant access to the building. He later drove by the area and police say they initiated a traffic stop.

Court documents state Nuckolls was taken back to the scene and agreed to talk to officers. That’s when police say Nuckolls admitted the items belonged to him and that he has made methamphetamine several times over the years, including Friday around 4 a.m.

We are told Nuckolls explained to officers how he made it and that the meth labs are not active anymore.

Nuckolls also told authorities he had been on parole for 25 years for a narcotics charge in Warrick County.

White residue collected from the scene tested positive for methamphetamine, according to authorities.

Nuckolls is in the Vanderburgh County Jail and is charged with manufacturing and dealing methamphetamine.

ECHO Housing’s Executive Director Chris Metz released the following statement.

“During the inspection of an off-site building used exclusively for the storage of maintenance supplies, ECHO Housing (EHC) staff discovered what appeared to be items consistent with methamphetamine. We immediately contacted EPD, who promptly arrived and confirmed our suspicion. It was determined that a maintenance technician was responsible for the items; that employee was immediately terminated. No EHC clients were affected by this incident.”

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