The All Crimes Enforcement Team, a Yampa Valley task force, conducted a search Tuesday morning of a Craig residence that resulted in the arrests of two suspects, both of whom have prior drug convictions.
The search warrant was served about 9:10 a.m. in the 500 block of Tucker Street. There, task force members allegedly found "many items of drug paraphernalia and use amounts of suspected methamphetamine," according to an ACET news release.
Karen Marie Sadvar Gerber, 39, and Gary Gerber, 38, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 1 petty offense.
According to Moffat County Court records, both have pleaded to past drug charges.
In 2004, Gary Gerber pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance one gram or less, and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance more than one gram.
In 2003, Sadvar Gerber pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance. Drug charges against her were dismissed in 2001, according to court records.
The Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office assisted with Tuesday morning's search.
Although the search warrant yielded two drug-related arrests, it failed to uncover the illegal activity authorities suspected was taking place at the house.
"The search warrant was the result of an investigation that led investigators to believe there was the possibility of an illegal methamphetamine lab at this residence," ACET commander Garrett Wiggins said in the news release. "ACET was receiving complaints from neighborhood citizens of suspicious behavior and strange chemical odors coming from this residence."
Task force members filed a search warrant request and received approval from the court based on evidence gathered in the investigation, the task force reported.
The search warrant was sealed by the court.
"The most important priority in obtaining this search warrant was the possibility of a public safety hazard and for the health and safety of nearby neighbors," Wiggins said in the release. "A methamphetamine lab produces very toxic gasses during the manufacturing process and the chemicals used during this process are extremely toxic and/or highly flammable, which creates an enormous threat to the public."
Wiggins said there were "signs and signals" a meth lab existed at the home and preparations were made in case there was.
Overall, he said Tuesday's operation was meant ensure public health wasn't compromised by an active lab.
"We couldn't accept the risk of there being a meth lab there and not act on it," he said.
The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Moffat County had no comment on the case.
Formal charges have not been filed against the Gerbers, and most likely won't be filed until early next week.