Chemical odor leads police to meth lab

Posted: 29th November 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Davenport police sniffing around the west end of town late Tuesday smelled a strong chemical odor coming from a garage at 1947 Dixwell St., according to police reports.

Officers checked the garage and located materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, police said.

John M. Petre

John M. Petre

John M. Petre, 43, who lives at the address, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with felony drug possession/delivery. He’s in the Scott County Jail awaiting his initial appearance.

Police received information Tuesday that there was a methamphetamine lab in the Dixwell Street area and went to investigate. After smelling the chemical odor from the one garage, officers executed a search warrant on Petre’s home, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officers found sludge containing more than five grams of methamphetamine, camp fuel, lye, ammonia nitrate, hydrogen chloride gas generators, blister packs with pseudoephedrine, plastic bottles with suspected residue, coffee filters with residue, grinding stone with pseudoephedrine residue, funnels and digital scales with methamphetamine residue, the affidavit stated.

Police also arrested Joel D. Harter, 51, of 124 S. Vermont St., Davenport, in connection with the case. He’s charged with felony drug possession/delivery and is in the Scott County Jail awaiting an initial appearance.


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