A Craig resident arrested last week on suspicion of shoplifting now faces drug charges as well after Craig Police officers allegedly uncovered evidence of a potential methamphetamine operation while investigating the shoplifting charge.
Kenneth Layton Arnett, 20, was arrested Thursday and charged with shoplifting, a Class 2 misdemeanor. He was re-booked into Moffat County Jail on Monday and charged with one count of criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class 2 felony, and one count of possession of two or more chemicals with the intent to manufacture amphetamines, a Class 3 felony.
Arnett is in custody with bail set at $51, 500.
According to Marvin Cameron, Commander for the All Crimes Enforcement Team, Craig Police officers were investigating Thursday a theft at 1194 Sequoia Ave. in the Shadow Mountain subdivision when one of the officers on scene saw what he thought were signs of a possible meth lab.
After immediately contacting ACET, Cameron said his team went to the scene and investigated further, finding what he said were some other suspicious items.
“We asked everyone to leave the residence," Cameron said. "We sealed it and obtained a search warrant."
Cameron said his team didn’t find any evidence that meth already had been manufactured but did find signs suggesting Arnett intended to do so.
"We don’t believe there was an active lab or cooking process but we did find evidence warranting charges," he said.
After completing the search and determining there was no danger of contamination, the property was released Friday back to the owners.
David Foster, who lives in Shadow Mountain, was returning home at the time police were conducting the search and noticed a children's pool sitting in the middle of the street.
Cameron said because of the possibility of encountering hazardous materials when dealing with meth cases, protocol requires an apparatus for decontamination.
“The kiddy pool was so we could decontaminate,” Cameron said. “It’s protocol.”
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