Search busts meth lab

Published 7:39 pm Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Troy Police served a search warrant Wednesday night, resulting in three arrests.
When officers arrived at 1338 County Road 1149 in Troy about 7:15 p.m., they found three people at the residence involved in manufacturing methamphetamine.
“They were in the process of cooking meth, then,” said Sheriff Russell Thomas. “We caught them as they were beginning to get into the thick of it.”
Officers found the suspects had mixed ephedrine and phosphorous together and were in the process of straining the liquid off iodine crystals.
Francis V. Bowen, 43, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, Tara N. Gnatt, 24, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine and second-degree possession of marijuana and Adam R. Woodard, 40, was charged with second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Thomas said the search warrant issued by Judge William Hightower was the result of an ongoing investigation.
Lawmen recovered a 20-ounce bottle containing a bilayer liquid, a bottle of antifreeze, a bottle of acid, a bottle of acetone, a bottle of lye drain cleaner, a bottle of charcoal lighter, coffee filters, glassware and a heating element.
“Things went according to plan,” Thomas said. “It was a good plan executed by the search team and entry team.”

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