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State adds child porn charges to man arrested in drug case

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man charged with running a methamphetamine lab in downtown Fairbanks in May was indicted Wednesday on 21 counts of child pornography.

David E. Harris, 47, was charged with downloading pornographic material off the Internet.

Harris has been jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center since his arrest May 4, a day after statewide drug enforcement agents raided his attic apartment.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. J.R. Roberts said the child pornography charges were the result of an investigation triggered by the meth lab case.

Roberts said in May that the lab was the first of its kind in Fairbanks because it could cold-cook the drugs. The process involves anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous chemical.

Agents confiscated chemicals, glassware, two vials containing methamphetamine, chemistry books and a recipe book for producing the drugs from the apartment. Charging documents said Harris had lived at the apartment for eight years.

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