Archive for Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Deputies arrest three men in methamphetamine lab bust

March 20, 2002

Three men have been charged in connection to a methamphetamine lab sheriff's deputies found during a search of a home near Basehor.

Joseph Nick, John Zimmerman and Mark Ocamb are each charged in Leavenworth County District Court with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of ephedrine as a precursor, possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, no drug tax stamp and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Leavenworth County District Attorney's Office.

The men made their first court appearance Monday, March 18.

Their next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, March 25, at which time a preliminary hearing date will be set.

The defendants remained in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail as of Monday.

Deputies arrested Nick, Zimmerman and Ocamb after searching the residence at 19151 166th St., just outside Basehor.

Two of the men were allegedly in the process of making methamphetamine when the search warrant was executed at 5 a.m., Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department Major. Dave Zoellner said.

"(They) were actually cooking meth at the time," he said.

A third man was outside in a field when deputies entered the property, Zoellner said.

None of the men were armed at the time of the search warrant, Zoellner said.

Approximately two grams of what authorities believe was finished meth was found at the residence. It has a street value of $3,000, Zoellner said

The search was done as a result of an on going investigation, Zoellner said.

Zoellner said 15 officers from the sheriff's department and one officer from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were involved in the search.

The three men were decontaminated at the scene and Hazmat Response Inc. of Olathe disposed of chemicals found at the house.

Friday's search warrant was the third methamphetamine lab the sheriff's department had seized in a week.

On Saturday, March 9, authorities seized two non-active meth labs in the 16700 block of 182nd Street, southeast of Tonganoxie.

Zoellner said four individuals were taken into custody: Elizabeth Wylie, 21, and Michael Pfeifer, 37, of Linwood, and Michael Border, 40, and Carol Jones, 46, of Tonganoxie.

Wylie and Pfeifer have been charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Border and Jones have been charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine as a precursor, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, no drug tax stamp and possession of marijuana.

A 14-year-old boy was also taken into custody. The teen-ager has been released to the custody of a relative, authorities said.

Zoellner said five grams of meth and two grams of marijuana were seized during the search. Also recovered was $700 in cash, he said.

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