Archive for Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Leavenworth man arrested in Tonganoxie for mobile meth lab

County attorney’s ofice reviewing Tonganoixe police case for charges

December 8, 2004

Tonganoxie police last week seized what they're describing as a mobile methamphetamine lab during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 24-40.

A 32-year-old Leavenworth man was arrested Wednesday night on charges of possession of a stimulant, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant for failing to appear in Leavenworth Municipal Court. An officer at the county jail said the man was released on Saturday.

The Leavenworth County attorney's office is reviewing the case, in order to determine whether to file charges in Leavenworth County District Court. Bill Winzenburg of the Leavenworth County attorney's office said investigation of a meth lab case can be a slow process.

"With a meth lab there are a variety of aspects to look at to determine what charges to charge," Winzenburg said.

The components of the meth lab will be taken to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation laboratory in Topeka for analysis.

"This investigation and arrest marks a continuing and sustained effort by the Tonganoxie police department to impact the illegal drug trade and comes following several unrelated search warrants and arrests this year," said Tonganoxie police Sgt. Brian Daily.

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