Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2004

Police nab mobile meth lab

February 5, 2004

Police took three passengers of an alleged mobile methamphetamine lab into custody after a traffic stop Saturday, Jan. 31, in Basehor.

As of press time, none of the four occupants of the car had been charged in Leavenworth County District Court.

Just after noon Saturday, Basehor police officer Andrew Slaughter pulled over a Ford Taurus at 142nd Street and U.S. Highway 24/40 for speeding.

A search of the vehicle yielded two trash bags containing materials used for producing methamphetamine, police said.

Before the traffic stop Saturday, the Tonganoxie Police Department advised Basehor officers to look out for a Taurus with two female passengers.

While patrolling Saturday, Slaughter witnessed the Taurus speeding east along State Avenue near Wolf Creek. The vehicle did not pull over until approximately 142nd Street, Slaughter said.

When he approached the vehicle, the driver began acting suspiciously, Slaughter said.

"The driver was getting real shaky on me, so I asked him to step out of the vehicle and I handcuffed him," Slaughter said. "One of the passengers then started moving toward the wheel."

The driver tipped officers to something more suspicious than speeding when he indicated "the stuff wasn't his," said Seargent Martin Cigich, of the Basehor Police Department.

A detective from the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department searched the vehicle and found the alleged meth-making products, Slaughter said.

Police took the driver, a 24-year-old man, into custody for driving with a revoked license and having no proof of insurance.

Two female passengers, sisters aged 22 and 24, were taken into custody for two outstanding Kansas warrants.

The sister's mother, the fourth passenger in the car, was not taken into custody. Police said she had outstanding warrants in Missouri but she could not be extradited for them.

Cigich credits Slaughter for his police work Saturday.

"There wouldn't have been a bust if he wasn't doing his job and being alert," Cigich said. "The total credit goes to him."

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