Methamphetamine continues to be a hot topic in Lincoln County, as drug investigators use aggressive tactics to root out producers of one-pot labs, uncovering at least two more operations this week in two separate incidents on the county’s eastern end, deputies said.
On Thursday, investigators discovered an active one-pot lab at a Todd Lane residence inside Denver Shores Mobile Home Park, off Campground Road in Denver, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators charged three suspects in the incident including Heather Newell, 37, William Aiden Newell, 36, and Martin Hudgens, 22.
Heather Newell had to be decontaminated, deputies said, after exposing herself to the chemicals while trying to pour them down a bathtub drain in an effort to hide them from officers.
Deputies guarded the property overnight Thursday, waiting for the State Crime Lab’s clean-up crew to arrive Friday morning.
Denver Fire Department and Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the site.
In a separate incident on Wednesday, deputies said they located a one-pot lab at a home on the 5600 block of American Way in Denver.
The incident stemmed from a lengthy investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Wild goats and chickens roamed the Denver property Wednesday as drug officers sorted out the meth ingredients and tested the seized substance.
While approaching the site just before 2 p.m., deputies said they spotted one of the suspects attempting to hide the illegal items in a book bag in a nearby wooded area.
Deputies charged two men in the bust, including a resident of the eastern Lincoln County home.
The suspects are accused of possessing methamphetamine precursors.
Norman F. Gladden, 42, of American Way, and Jesse James Trent, 36, of 1316 L R Schronce Lane in Iron Station, were placed in the county jail and both charged with one felony count each of manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance and possession and distribution of a meth precursor.
Investigators filed an additional felony charge against Gladden for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and an additional misdemeanor charge against Trent for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both suspects remain behind bars, Gladden under a $100,000 bond and Trent under a $100,130 bond.
Even after locating meth labs in nearly 20 incidents across the county since January — the most in one year in agency history — investigators said they hoped to continue increasing that number at a rate of two per week.
State Crime Lab officials also assisted Wednesday’s clean-up process.