Fairbanks man charged in methamphetamine lab seizure

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man on probation for manufacturing methamphetamine was arrested last week after drug agents found him in possession of 1,530 tablets of Sudafed, a cold remedy, and other materials used for manufacturing the illegal drug.

Alaska State Troopers arrested James W. Hughes, 38, Thursday at his rented downtown cabin on a charge of violating his probation.

Agents from the statewide drug enforcement unit said the amount of Sudafed tablets would make up to an ounce of methamphetamine when cooked. An ounce would sell for $1,800.

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

Agents found most of a suspected contained lab in Hughes' car. Agents said the tablets were the largest number they had seen during such a bust.

''Usually we only find the empty blister packets, but not full,'' said Trooper Teague Widmier. ''Most of the stuff was found in his trunk. He had a mobile lab.''

Troopers were assisted by Fairbanks police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents.



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