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May 2014

Bicycle is an Unusual Mode of Transport for Portable Meth Lab

Police in McDowell County say a man riding a bicycle was carrying a backpack containing a portable meth lab. Dennis Eugene Baker Jr., 31, of War, is charged with operating a meth lab and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, said Chief Deputy Roger Deel of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department. “We had an anonymous call saying a gentleman was on a bicycle with a backpack carrying a portable meth lab,” Deel said. “We ended up locating him in Shaft Hollow in the Caretta area. He was on a bicycle and had a backpack and all of the components, and actually had a live meth lab cooking in the backpack.”

Source: The Register Herald, Published: 5/30/2014 12:00:00 AM

March 2014

95 Meth Labs Seized Near Mountain Grove, Mo., Believed to be Missouri Record

The sheriff had seen nothing like it. Authorities conducting a drug raid Saturday on a property outside Mountain Grove, Mo., just kept pulling out more and more metal chemical cans and plastic bottles fitted with plastic hoses — the suspected workings of many crude methamphetamine labs — until the pieces covered the ground. One mobile home had the makings of 87 suspected meth labs stashed inside, according to authorities. A smattering of suspected meth labs were discovered in three other buildings on the property. In all, the makings of 95 meth labs were discovered, which was believed to be a record for a single seizure in Missouri — a state that knows something about meth, since it consistently ranks near tops in the nation for meth lab incidents.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Published: 3/3/2014 12:00:00 AM