VIDEO REPORT: 2 Arrested For Driving With Active Meth Lab Near Toddler

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED Monday, May 14, 2012 --- 10:30 p.m.

Authorities now say the weekend meth bust is symbolic of a growing problem.

Grant County Sheriff Keith Govier says restrictions on Sudafedrin sales have closed many major meth labs, but cooks are now turning to the simpler "shake-and-bake" technique.

The procedure is quicker, cheaper, and simpler than cooking a big batch and can involve as little as one box of Sudafedrin.

"It's where they put everything into one bottle and shake it and burp it and shake it and that's how they make their meth," said Chief Deputy Jack Johnson. "A couple weeks ago we had a search warrant up in Boscobel too where we ended up with 13 one-pot methods or shake-and-bake methods."

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UPDATED Monday, May 14, 2012 --- 8:40 a.m.

BOSCOBEL, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in southwestern Wisconsin have arrested two people accused of driving a truck that had a portable meth lab in the back seat, next to a 2-year-old girl.

The Grant County sheriff's office says a deputy stopped a truck Saturday evening because the driver and passenger weren't wearing seatbelts. The deputy allegedly noticed signs of drug use by the 30-year-old man who was driving.

Authorities discovered what was described as a "portable and active methamphetamine lab" in the back seat. They also found two loaded semi-automatic handguns.

The driver and a 29-year-old female passenger were arrested without incident. Both are from Boscobel.

The child was released to a family member.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Monday, May 14, 2012 -- 4:15 a.m.

From the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

Location:
100 block of E. Oak Street, City of Boscobel

Date and Time:
May 12, 2012 at 6:10 P.M.

Subjects Involved: Age: Address:
1. Patrick Hogan 30 Boscobel

2. Deanna Hogan 29 Boscobel

3. Juvenile female 2 Boscobel

Details:
On May 12, 2012 at approximately 6:10 P.M., a Grant County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 1989 Chevy truck that was being driven by Patrick Hogan.

The deputy stopped the truck because Mr. and Mrs. Hogan were not wearing their seatbelts.

The deputy made contact with the occupants and during that contact, the deputy observed a two year old female child sleeping in a car seat in the backseat.

The deputy noticed signs of drug use on Mr. Hogan and requested the assistance from the Boscobel Police. Upon further investigation, the officers discovered a portable and active methamphetamine lab in the backseat next to the child.

The occupants of the vehicle were removed and Mr. and Mrs. Hogan were taken into custody without incident. The area was cordoned off for public safety and additional resources responded to the scene.

A search of the vehicle was conducted, which yielded two loaded semi-automatic handguns and the active meth lab. A number of items were seized during the investigation.

The child was released to a family member and evaluated by the Boscobel Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Hogan were transported to the Grant County Jail without incident.

Assisting the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was the Boscobel Police, Fire, and EMS, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Prairie Du Chien Police Department

Arrest or Charges: Charges will be referred to the Grant County District Attorney’s Office on Mr. Hogan for Possession of Methamphetamine, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Child Neglect. Mrs. Hogan will be referred for Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Child Neglect.


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