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Officials shut down meth lab

August 5, 2011

Officers seize large amount of liquid meth

The LeFlore County
Sheriff’s Department shut
down a major clandestine
methamphetamine lab
Wednesday evening after
a six month investigation
came to an end.
Michael Chapell, 37,
and Clinton Dewayne
Greene, 46, both of Spiro,
were arrested on charges
of aggravated manufacturing
of methamphetamine,
possession of stolen firearms,
possession of marijuana,
possession of video
surveillance equipment in
the commission of a felony,
possession of firearms
after former felony conviction
and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
According to Sheriff
Bruce Curnutt, his department
had been investigating
an alleged large scale
clandestine methamphetamine
operation that was
ongoing east of Spiro.
Recently a break came in
the case and deputies
obtained a search warrant
for the residence located
at 17117 Shelly Carlisle
Deputies, along with
investigators with the
LeFlore County District
Attorney’s Office. arrived
at the residence and gained
entry into the home to find
one of the largest labs
operating during Curnutt's
Deputies recovered
more than 5,000 grams of
methamphetamine that
was nearing the finished
stage along with a small
amount of marijuana.
Reportedly as the search
continued, deputies located
thirteen firearms inside the
home. One rifle has so far
been confirmed stolen and
collected as evidence with
the other twelve handguns
and rifles seized.
According to Curnutt,
while inside the residence,
deputies discovered elaborate
surveillance equipment
used to monitor traffic
around the home,
believed to be a security
precaution to avoid arrest.
The Oklahoma Bureau
of Narcotics was requested
at the scene to decommission
the methamphetamine
lab due to its size and
active status.
Both men, who are convicted
felons and were on
probation at the time of
their arrest, face the additional
charge of after former
felony conviction.
Chapell, who is on probation
for possession of more
than 50 pounds of marijuana,
out of Texas, was
staying at his mother’s
home in Spiro where the
lab was located. Green
was convicted in LeFlore
County in 2010 for possession
of methamphetamine
and was also on probation
at the time of his arrest.
Chapell’s mother was
not at home at the time of
the drug raid.
According to Curnutt,
he expects that more arrests
will stem from the investigation
and resulting raid.

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