Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, January 18, 1999

Wright County Drug Task Force shuts down methamphetamine lab

By Andrea Vargo

Drug dealers beware! The Wright County Drug Task Force could be watching you.

Agents made a purchase of methamphetamine in an undercover operation last Monday, according to Sgt. Lenny Walker of the Wright County Drug Task Force.

Based on the purchase, Jerry Francis McDowell was arrested.

Information obtained during that arrest and from concerned citizens and informants led to a warrant to search the home of Allen Stanley at 1020 4th Street, Howard Lake.

Stanley was arrested at the time of the search, and items consistent with a methamphetamine lab were seized.

Some of these items were chemicals, glassware, paraphernalia, finished product, and two firearms.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene when Stanley was splashed with chemicals.

He was behind the door when the agents kicked it down, said Walker.

The hazardous chemicals and materials were removed from the scene by a chemical disposal company.

Possible charges may follow against three other suspects.

Said Walker, "As of Jan. 1, conviction of the manufacture of an illegal substance can carry a 30-year sentence and/or a $1 million fine.

"Realistically, it would be more like a four-year sentence and/or a $10,000 fine."

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