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LawCo officers bust meth lab

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lawrence County sheriff's deputies busted a meth lab andarrested three people while serving an arrest warrant in rural Ash Grove on Jan. 15.

According to a statement from Sheriff Brad DeLay, officers went to 2574 Farm Road 1247 in rural Ash Grove to serve a felony arrest warrant.

"During the investigation and arrest of the targeted subject, deputies observed drug paraphernalia, a clear liquid in glassware, several containers of chemicals and a hot plate in the house," the DeLay said.

Officers returned later in the day with two additional search warrants. Officers subsequently discovered and seized a methamphetamine lab, precursor chemicals, glassware, methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Springfield. The lab was utilizing the one-pot method for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Arrested were Scott Maslar, 41. of Ash Grove, and David Vert, 38, and Vernon Swearingen Jr., 52, addresses unknown, were arrested. Each faces charges of alleged distribution, delivery, manufacture and production of a controlled substance or possession with the intent to distribute or produce.

Investigation in the case is continuing. The Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted in the case.

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