At a glance
• The All Crimes Enforcement Team and other local agencies found an inactive methamphetamine laboratory Tuesday in a shed behind a home in Skull Creek, a subdivision between Massadona and Dinosaur.
• Officials suspect the lab had been inactive for two to three months.
• Law enforcement says a man found inside the home during search is 'a subject of interest' but has not been arrested.
• Craig Police Department officers also arrested a man on suspicion of producing marijuana Tuesday, after searching for a person with an arrest warrant.
Several local law enforcement agencies, led by the All Crimes Enforcement Team, discovered the remnants of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory Tuesday.
The discovery was made after serving a search warrant on a home in Skull Creek, a small subdivision about a mile west of Massadona, near Dinosaur. The lab itself was found in a shack on the property.
Law enforcement has one subject of interest in the case, a man found inside the house during the search, but no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the lab or drug materials obtained.
The Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig Police Department, Moffat County Hazmat Team, Colorado State Patrol, Artesia Fire Protection District and The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Service assisted ACET during the operation.
Garrett Wiggins, ACET commander, said he and his officers began receiving information about the residence about a year before serving the warrant.
After investigating the lab materials, officials determined the lab probably had not been used for two to three months, Wiggens said, adding it's common for meth manufacturers to move labs often.
"They get spooked pretty easy and move around," he said.
He was not disappointed in the find, however.
"When you're working these things based on information or intel, you never know how accurate or dated it is," Wiggins said.
Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said if the only good to come out of the search is that officials were able to clean up an old meth lab, it would be a success for the county.
"That's a big deal," the sheriff said. "Those chemicals in there are dangerous for a long time. What if the house had been sold or foreclosed? We might never have been able to get in there and make it safe."
Wiggins said meth remains a key focus for law enforcement in the region.
"It's our No. 1 and our biggest concern (among illegal drugs) just because of the volatility of that drug and how it harms people's health, how it takes over people's lives and what it does to families," he said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Police discover alleged marijuana operation
The Police Department ran into its own drug situation late Tuesday night, after finding three marijuana plants inside a resident's home.
Cpl. Brian Gonzales visited the residence of Michael Carter Clary, 24, at 469 Washington St., to serve an arrest warrant for a different individual who reportedly was living there.
Gonzales said that Clary allowed him and another officer to enter the home and search for the person.
In the process, Gonzales found the marijuana plants inside a closet.
The officers did not find the person they were looking for.
Clary was arrested and booked in Moffat County Jail on suspicion of producing marijuana, a Class 4 felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense, and child abuse, a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Gonzales said the child abuse charge was based on Clary's 18-month-old child living in the same house as his grow operation.
The officer added there was no evidence Clary intended to sell the marijuana or that he is part of a larger network of offenders.