Police raid suspected backyard drug lab Harwood man arrested, charged with making methamphetamine

October 23, 1998|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

In a throwback to the 1980s, Anne Arundel County police broke up a suspected methamphetamine laboratory in a steel, backyard storage barn early Tuesday.

Police said it was the first laboratory of its kind they had encountered in a decade.

David Mark Edwards, 35, of the 1100 block of Cumberstone Road in Harwood was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of heroin.

Sgt. Jonathan Church of the narcotics division said police suspect the substance had been manufactured for at least six months and that it was being sold in southern Anne Arundel County.

One pound sells for $10,000 to $20,000. An ounce costs about $1,200.

"The chemicals are dangerous, the manufacture is a volatile process," Church said.

Police said they found chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine in the barn.

They also reported finding a manual on how to make methamphetamine. Called crank, ice, speed or crystal meth, it can be snorted or injected. A the hallucinogenic drug, which speeds up the central nervous system, it works like cocaine but is less expensive and its effects last longer.

Methamphetamine is far more common on the West Coast, police said.

Yesterday's arrest was the climax of a four-month investigation by the narcotics squad in conjunction with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency task force.

The county fire department's hazardous-materials unit was called in to clean up the chemicals.

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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