White Castle is best known to most for its sliders and crave cases. However, a Hobart, Indiana, White Castle is making headlines for a different reason, reports the NWI Times. The fast-food restaurant was closed off to the public on Friday after police investigated a suspected “one pot” methamphetamine lab inside.
Officers responded to reports of a suspicious individual sitting at a booth in the restaurant. The man had a large duffel bag next to him under a table, police said. He claimed the bag didn’t belong to him, but gave police permission to search it.
Inside the bag, an officer found two plastic bottles. The officer loosened the top of one of the bottles and smelled a strong odor of ammonia. He then screwed the lid back on and contacted Hobart investigators and Indiana State Police’s mobile meth investigation unit. The bag contained several items commonly used to produce meth. In addition, a syringe was found during a pat down of the suspect.
The Indiana State Police responded to safely contain the hazardous chemicals from the suspected meth lab. Four Hobart police officers were sent for medical treatment for exposure to the chemicals, according to a Facebook post by the Hobart Police Department.
Meanwhile, Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle, issued a statement Friday night saying, “We are proud of our White Castle team members who quickly alerted local authorities about a suspicious customer, and thankful for the Hobart Police department’s rapid response.”
Police have since released that man who was taken into custody pending charges to be filed by the Lake County prosecutor’s office. A one pot meth lab typically contains just enough chemicals for personal use, according to police.