40 meth labs busted in the last 16 months

Monday, August 2, 2004

Carroll County Sheriff's investigators confiscated three methamphetamine lab sites in the past two weeks, raising the number of lab busts to 23 for the year so far, according to Sheriff Chuck Medford.

In the past 16 months, the department has apprehended approximately 40 methamphetamine labs, said investigator Ralph Gordon.

Meth lab number 21 for this year was taken down by sheriff's investigators July 16, resulting in the arrest of Jason Lander, 25, who lives at a residence north of Berryville, on County Road 639. No one was home at the time of that raid, but Lander later turned himself in on a warrant and was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $50,000 bond.

That bust resulted in the alleged confiscation of a medium-sized lab capable of producing two-to-eight ounces of meth within 24 hours, Medford said.

Investigators alleged that numerous lab components were seized along with trace amounts of meth and marijuana.

On Wednesday, July 21, sheriff's investigators who were contacted by a "concerned citizen" were granted consent to search by a landowner on County Road 739 in the southern Green Forest area and searched a residence where they allegedly uncovered another medium-sized lab and components.

Investigator Jason Hunt said that in addition to drug paraphernalia, deputies, with assistance from Green Forest police, also found between two and three grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Hunt said no one was home at the time of the late-evening raid, but investigators are preparing a warrant for a known subject whose name is being withheld.

Numerous items used in the making of meth were also seized in that raid, Hunt said.

Meth lab number 23 was discovered by deputies responding to a report of a break-in at a residence northeast of Berryville.

While looking for suspects, Hunt said the team allegedly discovered a boxed and stored anhydrous ammonia meth lab that was capable of small to medium meth production.

That site is undisclosed as the investigation is still in progress, said investigator Alan Hoos.

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