Drug teams investigate meth labs in three communities

Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Federal and state drug investigators arrested three Wasilla residents Thursday on charges of operating methamphetamine laboratories. More arrests may be forthcoming.

Alaska State Troopers said two labs and one marijuana grow operation were removed from homes near Houston and Wasilla.

Another location did not contain an active lab but suspects at the home had items and glassware commonly used in methamphetamine manufacture, troopers said.

Jeremiah N. Sanders, 25, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and misconduct involving weapons. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Amanda House, 19, was charged with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine. Heather Buchanan, 21, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and cultivating marijuana.

The women were jailed and held on $20,000 bail.

Trooper said charges against three other Wasilla residents are pending until samples taken from the homes are tested.

Troopers also found evidence of a possible methamphetamine laboratory at a home in Ester south of Fairbanks. Troopers said lab materials were boxed up.

The occupant of the home, Dawn Monzulla, 37, was arrested on a probation violation charge.

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

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