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BPD raids suspected meth lab

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 16:12:30 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Bloomington Police say they have made the second methamphetamine related arrest in town in about a month with the closure of a suspected meth lab. Four people face charges related to manufacturing the toxic and addictive drug. They are 27-year old Daniel Shambarger, 32-year old Josiah Shelton, 28 year old Christopher Snow, and 21-year old Alyssa Lewis. Bonds for all four have been set at a half million dollars a piece. Sergeant Ken Bays says the arrests happened in the Maple Grove Estates Mobile Home Park with the seizure of 243 grams of meth. The drugs were still being refined. Bays says that makes estimating a street value difficult. Three separate containers with active chemical reactions taking place were also found in the mobile home. Bays says meth arrests had been almost unheard of until recently. But, he says a so-called one pot method of cooking the drug makes it easier to teach and proliferate. Bays says he hopes the two arrests will prevent the spread of the production in town. A swat team, the zone five meth response team, and the fire department all took part in the arrests because of the danger of explosions and the spread of toxic fumes from the cooking process.

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