More meth arrests; 11 in month

Friday, January 24, 2003

The third drug bust in Red Willow County in a month has resulted in the arrest of two McCook individuals.

Thursday night's bust has brought the total of those arrested for the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines in Red Willow County to 11 in a one month period.

A McCook man and woman were arrested Thursday night after the Red Willow County Sheriff's department found evidence of a non-working methamphetamine lab at a McCook residence.

Red Willow County Sheriff Gene Mahon said his department served a search warrant for a residence at 1109 E. Fourth at 4:50 p.m.

During the search, conducted with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the sheriff's department seized evidence of pre-cursors of a drug lab and evidence that the drug had been made at the residence. Officers also discovered evidence of other controlled substances.

Officers also seized firearms during the search.

Sheriff Mahon said Thursday's arrests will most likely lead to more arrests.

The two individuals were expected to be arraigned in Red Willow County Court today.

Sheriff Mahon said signs of illegal meth lab activities include suspicious vehicles in an area, large amounts of trash -- including discarded antifreeze and drain cleaner containers, duct tape and lantern fuel cans.

Area farmers who suspect tampering with an anhydrous ammonia tank should notify authorities.

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