Police: Truck held mobile meth lab
Two Front Range residents were arrested Friday night after police reportedly searched their truck and found a complete mobile methamphetamine laboratory.
Nicholas Wayne Walker, 20, of Denver, and Trisha Marlene Smarker, 24, of Westminster, were each lodged in Garfield County Jail on $23,000 bond following the incident.
It began about 9 p.m. that evening when the Garfield County Communications Center aired a report of a gasoline theft in New Castle. Silt’s detective observed the suspects entering Silt and stopped their vehicle. He reportedly confirmed that they filled up their truck in New Castle and left without paying.
In addition, the detective also reportedly discovered a large tackle box that contained an extensive collection of suspected drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of suspected marijuana. Lists with names and phone numbers also were seized.
Following the arrest of the couple, Silt and New Castle officers searched the truck and reportedly found suspected cocaine and methamphetamine along with the meth manufacturing lab.
Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team officers responded to the scene to inspect the lab and make sure no one had been exposed to potential hazardous materials.
Smarker and Walker were initially charged with possession of schedule II controlled substances (cocaine and methamphetamine), possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft.
The investigation continues and additional charges may follow, police said.
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