A 26-year-old Homer man was arrested near the post office on Saturday for operating a meth lab in his car, prompting law enforcement to shut down the area for more than eight hours.
At about 2:46 p.m., Anchor Point based Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop at the intersection of the Homer Bypass and Waddell Way for a traffic violation.
In the course of the contact, Troopers found the driver of the vehicle, Timothy Igou, 26, of Homer, to be in possession of a personal use amount of methamphetamine. Upon further investigation, troopers found indications that Igou was operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab and producing methamphetamine in the vehicle, a silver 2000 Oldsmobile Alero.
It all started as a traffic stop until the Trooper David Chaffin observed the wood handle of a handgun in the front seat between the driver’s legs. He immediately asked Igou to exit the vehicle. In the course of a pat-down search, the trooper found a pipe that the suspect reportedly said he used to smoke meth.
Police say they have found meth labs operated in a small car area.
“A meth lab can fit in a backpack. Depending on what method of making meth a person uses, a lot of space is not required,” said Peters. “Troopers don’t want to provide any specifics on how labs are made or operate, but he did say that they can either be small enough to fit into a backpack or large enough to fill a whole garage. No two labs are the same.”
Due to the hazardous chemicals and volatility involved with clandestine methamphetamine production, the area of the traffic stop at Waddell Way, adjacent to the Homer Post Office, was closed from public access.
A search warrant for the vehicle was obtained and investigators from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit responded to the scene. The investigators confirmed the presence of a clandestine methamphetamine lab in the vehicle.
Upon confirmation, the investigators were able to gather evidence and disassemble the lab. A Drug Enforcement Administration hazmat team responded to the Peninsula to collect and dispose of the hazardous materials from the lab.
The area was re-opened to public access at about 10 p.m. Igou was incarcerated at the Homer jail where he was held without bail on the charge of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the 4th degree for possession of methamphetamine. Additional charges pertaining to the lab are pending.