While serving a warrant, sheriff’s deputies uncovered materials for manufacturing methamphetamine at a residence in Yale.
Sheriff R.B. Hauf said deputies were invited into the residence and discovered a “one-pot lab.”
The method mixes ingredients in a plastic bottle to make a small amount of the drug quickly.
Hauf explained this method has become popular because methamphetamine ingredients like pseudophedrine have become more regulated, making larger scale labs nearly impossible.
The method is also incredibly easy to carry out, utilizing simple household items, Hauf said.
“The one-pot method is 99.9 percent of what we see,” Hauf said.
Producing the small amount of drug comes with a high risk, he noted.
The chemical reactions produce high heat and pressure, often causing the plastic bottles to explode.
The sheriff said he has seen people, cars and homes burned extensively because of exploding one-pot labs.
“You can make the drug pretty quick it if doesn’t explode first,” Hauf said.
James Hulen Downs, 33, Yale; Lori Cosco, 40, Yale; and Jeremy Robert Griffin, 40, Cushing, were charged with possession of substances with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substances and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Griffin was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.
According to court records, deputies discovered plastic bags, tubing and coffee filters with methamphetamine residue as well as various ingredients used to make the illegal drug.