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Investigation and Car Chase End in Discovery of a Meth Lab and Arrests

Written by on April 10, 2013 in News

An investigation Tuesday into a meth lab dump site turned into a high speed chase and ended in the arrest of two people. At about :45 yesterday afternoon Mt. Pleasant Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s office were following up on a complaint of a possible dumpsite. A vehicle matching the description of one suspected to be involved in the case was seen in the area and took off at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the car into the city limits and a short pursuit was initiated. It was stopped at the intersection of Marion and West Clay. The driver, Dylan Phillips of Mt. Pleasant told officers there was a shake and bake meth lab in the back of the vehicle. A lab with over five grams of meth was located in the car. Meth was also found on the passenger, John Nicastri of Keokuk. Officers from the State of Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement were called in to handle the meth lab and the 600 block of W Clay St was closed for several hours until a meth lab disposal team could secure the hazardous materials. A subsequent search of Phillips’ home at 702 S Jackson St turned up alleged meth, filters, paraphernalia, and other items consistent with the sale of meth. Both men were taken into custody. And charged with Conspiracy to manufacture over five grams of meth. More charges are pending and more arrests are expected.

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