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Child welfare call leads to Fairbanks meth lab bust

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A child welfare check at a Fairbanks home led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab that drug agents said is among the largest they've encountered in the Interior.

Drug agents discovered the large lab Friday when they went with workers from the state Division of Family and Youth Services to check on the welfare of a child at the Farmers Loop home.

Alaska State Trooper Teague Widmier said he found a large amount of chemicals and equipment in the master bedroom and in one of three sheds on the property.

The statewide drug enforcement unit and DFYS had received anonymous tips about possible drug activity and a meth lab, according to Widmier.

John Moore, 51, answered the door when agents and DFYS workers arrived at the doublewide mobile home. Widmier said Moore's hands were stained with iodine, a chemical used in cooking meth.

Widmier said Moore admitted he had a meth lab and consented to a search.

Samples of chemicals associated with methamphetamine labs that were taken from the property will be tested at the state crime lab. The results will help determine if Moore should face charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

A 4-year-old girl at the home was taken into state custody.

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