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State police reported they have taken down the fifth suspected methamphetamine-manufacturing operation since the first of the year in Indiana County.

Investigators uncovered the meth lab Saturday when they served an arrest warrant for Lamar Clemons, 33, at his residence, 710 Josephine Ave., White Township, according to Trooper Clifford Greenfield, a media relations officer at the Indiana station. Clemons had been publicized Thursday as one of the “Five Most Wanted” criminal suspects in Indiana County. Troopers at the Indiana station reported Clemons’ arrest in an announcement that he was the second of the five fugitives to be taken into custody.

Along with Clemons, troopers also arrested Andrew Walagura, 36, of Renfrew, Butler County. Police charged both men with possession with intent to deliver; unlawful deposit, storage or disposal of chemical waste; and possession of a controlled substance. All the charges are felonies.

Judge Susanne Steffee arraigned Clemons and Walagura at 4 p.m. Saturday and ordered them to appear March 26 for a preliminary hearing in Homer City District Court.

Both were sent to the Indiana County Jail with bond set at $100,000 on the meth-related charges. Steffee set an additional $50,000 bond for Clemons on the original charges for which he was sought.

Troopers at Greensburg began a search for Clemons on Jan. 23 after they charged him with possession with intent to deliver drugs and possession of a controlled substance in a complaint filed at Clymer District Court. The offenses took place July 17 in White Township, according to the online court record. Judge Christopher Welch scheduled a hearing for Clemons on March 25 on the earlier charges.

Three suspects on the “Most Wanted” list remain at large:

• Ryan Lowman, 29, of Cherry Tree, who was charged Jan. 18 by state police in Warren County with first-degree felony counts of forcible rape and threat of forcible rape, and second-degree felony counts of sexual assault, forcible aggravated indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault without consent. The charges stem from an incident Dec. 11 in Pleasant Township, Warren County.

• Kevin Dillie, 41, of Bentleyville, Washington County, charged by state police in Indiana on Aug. 27 with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on May 17 in Armstrong Township. Dillie failed to appear for a preliminary hearing scheduled Oct. 16 in Homer City District Court, according to online court records.

• Dakar Jones, 46, of Monroeville, Allegheny County, charged Jan. 8 by state police at Indiana with robbery of a motor vehicle, theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Troopers reported the incident took place June 3 in White Township.

Anyone with information about any of the suspects is asked to phone the state police at (724) 357-1960.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette

Staff Writer/Web Editor

Chauncey Ross represents the Gazette at the Indiana Area and Homer-Center school boards and White Township, Center Township, Homer City and Burrell Township, and is something of an Open Records, Right to Know and Sunshine Law advocate in the newsroom.