Three arrested in raid of suspected meth lab

A father and two sons face drug charges after police Thursday executed a search warrant at a Craig residence suspected to house a methamphetamine operation.

Christopher Edwin Brown, 49, was booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, sale or possession, offenses related to marijuana and marijuana concentrate, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of materials to make methamphetamine.

Judge Mary Lynne James this morning set bond at $20,000. Brown is due back in court Tuesday.

His sons -- Daniel Jacob Brown, 26, and 21-year-old Dylan James Brown -- have posted $5,000 surety bonds after being booked into jail on charges of offenses related to marijuana and marijuana concentrate, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The raid at 601 Sandrock Drive allegedly turned up more than 30 marijuana plants in a grow operation situated inside a walk-in closet at the residence, as well as bottles believed to have methamphetamine residue, according to police.

Three "bindles" of methamphetamine -- each with about three to nine ounces of the drug -- were also found, Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

"It doesn't look like it has been active for a while," Vanatta said.

A tactical response team made up of Craig police and Moffat County Sheriff's deputies entered the home at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Officers with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Task Force obtained the search warrant earlier that morning after unspecified "additional information" was received on the home, which Vanatta said has been under suspicion for about one month.

Tips received from area residents furthered the investigation, he said.

"This information was developed in part by an observant employee of a local business who noticed that the residents were purchasing large quantities of substances that are precursors to make the drug," according to a news release from Craig Police Department.

Those materials included but were not limited to large amounts of cold medicine, the chief said.

An investigation continues into the case.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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