Fairbanks man changes plea in methamphetamine case

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with running a methamphetamine lab reached a plea agreement Monday requiring him to serve five years.

David E. Harris, 48, was arrested last May after drug agents raided his attic apartment at 812 Fifth Ave. in a quiet downtown residential area.

Harris had been set to go to trial on multiple drug charges this week but instead pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

As part of the agreement, Harris will receive a five-year jail sentence with no probation or suspended time.

Drug agents raided Harris' lab May 4, 2001 following a tip and a couple of months investigation. State troopers said the lab was the first in the Interior to use a ''cold cook'' method, using a chemical reaction involving anhydrous ammonia to generate heat and cook the drug. It's a faster but more dangerous way to make methamphetamine than traditional processes, troopers said.

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

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