An investigation of suspected meth labs in four Lowell homes. Information comes in from the community and seven arrests are made.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the Major Crimes Task Force and other agencies execute four search warrants, a home on Fleming Road, one on 5th St., one on 6th St. and one on Water Street.
Sheriff Mincks says agents found meth or meth making drugs in at least two of the homes.
First, a home on Fleming Road in Lowell, where Daniel Blair lives. Agents say they found pills and weed and a loaded gun. Blair is a convicted felon not allowing him to have a fire arm.
Also in the home, David Slagle Jr., found with pills and weed.
Blair faces weapons under disability.
Slagle Jr faces Possession of drugs and tampering with drugs.
Then at another home, this time on 5th St., the home of Matt McLeish and his wife Sarah. Agents say the couple admitted to using drugs.
In the home investigators say they found drug paraphernalia, crack, and pills. Matt is charged with one count of possession of Cocaine and Tampering with Drugs.
A home on 6th St. is also served a warrant. Agents say chemicals used to make meth were inside the home.
Malissia Richards and Brett Shank are both charged with illegal assembly of chemicals.
And on Water St, agents find Aaron Glasser and Natalie Slider. Investigators say children were inside this home where they say they found chemicals used to make meth.
Glasser faces three charges including illegal manufacturing of chemicals, illegal assembly of chemicals, and children endangering.
Slider is charged with child endangering.
Other charges for the seven could be coming, pending investigation.
Major Brian Schuck says a lot of the information leading to the best came straight from the community. He says when agents went into one home, neighbors came out and applauded.
"It has been under investigation for quite a few months," explains Major Schuck. "We've had a lot of people in the Lowell area that have been reaching out to us, with what they believed was criminal activity in the area, So we were doing surveillance on top of the information we were getting, tonight it all came together."
Agents worked through Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
More details still to come
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