Former meth lab operator accused of having chemicals again

Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Not long after James Grijalva got out of prison for running a methamphetamine lab, a probation officer found ingredients that appeared to be the beginnings of another meth production line.

Back behind bars he went.

Grijalva was charged with probation violation, Alaska State Trooper Sgt. J.R. Roberts said, but he could face drug charges as well.

Probation officers and police can search Grijalva's house without a warning as part of his probation.

They did exactly that at 1:30 p.m. Monday and found a box with suspicious-looking materials in the furnace room of his apartment, Roberts said.

Grijalva recently got out of prison for charges resulting from a meth lab found in September 1999 in a duplex he shared with Candra S. Gilbert. Grijalva and Gilbert were charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in April of 2000.

Grijalva, 44, reached a plea agreement and in November 2000 was sentenced to 25 months in prison. The state dropped the charges against Gilbert as part of another plea agreement involving a Palmer case.

Gilbert was arrested last January after a raid on a meth lab in the Meadow lakes area of Wasilla. She was charged with three counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in that case.

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