Police find active meth lab behind child's car seat

Police find active meth lab behind child's car seat

LEPANTO, AR (KAIT) - Lepanto police arrested three people Thursday after reportedly find a working meth lab hidden behind a child's car seat.

Officers were conducting a probation search at a home in the 100-block of Riverview when they found the lab, according to Chief Chad Henderson.

He said his officers also found numerous needles “all around the house, including the bedroom with a child’s crib.” (Mobile users click here to see the accompanying slideshow of evidence and the suspects.)

Henderson said the fumes from the lab were so strong, they had to call the Lepanto Fire Department to ventilate the home so officers could safely search it.

Officers arrested Dustin Ruthven, 26; Brandon McCullar, 31; and Cynthia Turner, 27, all of Lepanto and charged each of them with the following:

  • Manufacturing methamphetamine
  • Continuing a criminal enterprise
  • Proximity to certain facilities enhancement
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Unauthorized use of property for criminal activity
  • Manufacture of methamphetamine in presence of certain persons
  • Endangering the welfare of a minor-first degree
  • Exposing a child to chemical substance or methamphetamine
  • Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

McCullar and Ruthven were also charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and use of a communication device.

In addition to the listed charges, Turner was also charged with tampering with evidence.

All three suspects are awaiting probable cause hearings.

Chief Henderson thanked the Lepanto Fire Department for ventilating the home and the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department for assisting with the meth lab.

He also thanked Riverside Ambulance for transporting Turner, who is 40 weeks pregnant, for a medical evaluation.

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