Meth lab found in Maquoketa home

Posted: 20th November 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A former convicted drug dealer is in jail after police say they found a meth lab at his home Saturday night.

Thomas Clasen, 43, of 700 Pershing Road #52, Maquoketa, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of the drug, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Clasen appeared before a magistrate over the weekend. His bond was set at $100,000 cash and a public defender was appointed.

Maquoketa Police Sgt. Brendan Zeimet said Clasen had items used to make methamphetamine, such as lithium batteries, hydrogen chloride and pseudoephedrine. During a search of the mobile home, officers found more than five grams of methamphetamine near the meth-making equipment and just under two ounces of the drug in an old aspirin bottle. Clasen also had two live ammunition shotgun shells in a locked box in his bedroom, according to court documents.

According to online court records, Clasen was sentenced to 10 years in prison on various drug charges in 2001. He was sentenced to another five years to serve at the same time on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child. At the time, Clasen lived in a home where the meth lab was found near the Maquoketa Middle School. Clasen’s 2-year-old daughter, who also lived at the home, was found to have methamphetamine in her system, according to past police reports.

Also charged Saturday night was Renee Walker, 32, who also listed the Pershing Road address. She was charged with interference with official acts after police said she refused to comply with an officer’s request to stay out of the residence.

Officers went to the residence after receiving complaints from neighbors about a strong odor coming from the mobile home. A search warrant was issued for the mobile home.

Also arrested at the site during the search was Jacob Keil, 30, of Baldwin on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and interference with official acts. Police said Keil drove up to the Pershing Road scene Saturday night as officers were trying to secure another mobile home at #67. Keil appeared intoxicated and was uncooperative with officers, resisted arrest and refused chemical testing.




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