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Nacogdoches County authorities bust "Dope on a Rope" lab

Nacogdoches County authorities bust
Monday, May 28, 2012 - 11:43am

The Nacogdoches County Constable Office Precinct 4 seized a methamphetamine lab and made two arrests late Friday afternoon.

Constable Jason Bridges tells KETK his office conducted a search that led to the confiscation of 100 grams of meth.

The investigation started on Harris Street in Nacogdoches. Bridges says deputy constables arrived at a residence looking for a wanted fugitive while trying to execute a felony drug warrant round up that they had been working during the early morning hours.

When authorities arrived, they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana in clear view. This led deputies to obtain a search warrant of the residence.

Once inside, officers found a gallon jar mixed with chemicals inside the bedroom that tested positive for meth. The method being used to manufacture the methamphetamine was different from what the constables office had found before. The suspects were using a gallon jar with chemicals inside that also had a rope tied from the top of the lid to the chemicals. The common street name for this type of cook is “DOPE ON A ROPE”, and is the first seizure of its type in Nacogdoches County using this method.

Constable Bridges says the narcotics lab had over 100 grams of meth. The street value is around  $10,000.

Arrested at the scene were Daniel Harkins, 34, and Melissa Witt, 52, both from Nacogdoches.

Harkins and Witt were charged with possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

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