Wasilla woman arrested after troopers find evidence of meth lab

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2002

PALMER (AP) -- A Wasilla woman was arrested after materials used to manufacture methamphetamine were found in two cars and a shed behind her home, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

Laurie Redington, 32, was charged with three counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Investigators conducted a search of the home off Knik Goose-Bay Road and found evidence of a methamphetamine lab in a shed on the property. Evidence also was found in two cars. Glassware, chemicals, tubing and ephedrine were found, troopers said.

Redington was arrested and booked at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on three counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance. Bail was set at $50,000.

Redington, who is the granddaughter of Joe Redington, credited with establishing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, was serving the last few weeks of her probation following a 1998 drug conviction. Her parole officer stopped at the home and tipped off troopers after suspecting drug activity.

Two of Redington's friends appeared with her in court during an arraignment on Thursday. They said Redington had taken in a man who had been using the shed and she had no idea what was stored inside. They said the man disappeared several weeks ago.

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