Suspected meth lab raided in North Pole

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole couple was arrested Thursday after a multiagency drug enforcement team raided their home and removed equipment suspected of being used to make methamphetamine.

Kim Nelson, 45, was charged with a probation violation. Jenny Nelson, 48, was charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Jeff Manns said officers found a small bundle of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine in Jenny Nelson's pocket.

The pair could face an additional charges if equipment found in the house tests positive for the drug, Manns said.

Trooper Teague Widimier said the Nelsons were suspected of operating a laboratory that was able to produce three to four grams a day. He said the raid followed a four-month investigation.

Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant also known as speed. Labs that produce it are dangerous because of the volatility of the ingredients.

Under legislation approved in 2000, possessing certain chemicals is a crime if prosecutors prove an intent to manufacture the illegal drug.

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