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Meth lab leftovers found in trash

A box of discarded methamphetamine lab components was discovered next to a trash bin at a local apartment complex, police said Wednesday.

The property manager at Courtyard Apartments, 2222 Acadia Drive S.W., told police a garbage truck driver found the smoking box in the back of his truck while emptying the apartment’s trash bins Tuesday morning, police said.

During a light inspection of the box, officers found hundreds of stripped matchbooks, empty iodine bottles, camp fuel, lighter fluid and empty boxes of over-the-counter medications containing ephedrine.

After assessing the toxicity of the chemicals, narcotics agents called in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to dispose of them.

- Seth Burkett

3 face charges in vending thefts

Three people responsible for a rash of thefts from vending machines face charges after sheriff’s deputies began watching the machines, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett said Wednesday.

Aware of the recent thefts, a deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle at the Raceway convenience store at 4372 U.S. 231 in Lacey’s Spring on Friday and stopped to investigate.

He discovered a theft in progress — two men and a juvenile were prying open a Pepsi machine, Bartlett said.

Investigator Jodie King took detailed confessions from each and charged them with second-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, Bartlett said. Following the arrests of the three Madison County residents, investigators learned the trio had been involved in numerous thefts from vending machines in Morgan and surrounding counties, Bartlett said.

- Seth Burkett

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