Task Force Cuffs 2 in Meth Lab
Jeff Garretson - Wed 12:04 PM 06/20/2012
A two month long investigation by the Drug Task Force ends with two arrests.
Task Force Commander Lt. Jim Norton says more arrests are possible after a search warrant was used Monday night to break up an operational meth lab in Salina.
Officers from the I 135 / I 70 Drug Task Force plus an agent from the KBI arrested 44-year-old James K. Nixon and 49-year-old Donald R. Petty in connection to what Norton described as a "red phosphorus meth lab," that was in the process of manufacturing the illegal drug inside a building located at 2771 Centennial.
Police say the building was being leased by Nixon as an automotive repair shop. Norton tells KSAL News that the building has been closed because of health concerns.
"This meth process puts off a dangerous phosphorous gas," he said.
In addition to drug paraphernalia officers also found five bags of methamphetamine.
Both Nixon and Petty are facing charges for the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine.