Meth Lab Search Forces Apartment Evacuation; One Suspect in Custody

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - A patrol car sits near 40 Sugar Creek Lane, where residents of an apartment were evacuated for several hours between Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th 2013.

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By Mark Carlson

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - North Liberty police said they found a meth lab inside an apartment complex Thursday night.

According to criminal complaints, shortly before 10 p.m. North Liberty officers spotted a woman in a car parked at 40 Sugar Creek Lane who was known to have warrant for revocation of pre-trial release. Police arrested the woman –35-year-old Janelle R. Davis – and searched the vehicle she was sitting in.

Police said the vehicle belonged to 36-year-old Joshua E. York, who lives in unit 202 at 40 Sugar Creek Lane. A search of the vehicle turned up materials used to manufacture meth. Police believed additional meth-making materials were inside York's apartment and a search warrant was obtained. Investigators with the Johnson County Drug Task Force discovered a meth lab inside unit 202.

Items used to manufacture and sell meth, including pseudoephedrine, drain cleaner, Coleman fuel and Ziploc baggies were also located inside the apartment.

The apartment building was evacuated while police assessed whether the lab was active and posed a threat to residents. Once the lab was removed, residents were allowed back inside, police said.

While in police custody, Davis began to display signs of an overdose or some other medical problem and was transported to the hospital. She will be booked at the Johnson County Jail after she is medically cleared.

York allegedly told police he had no idea meth was being manufactured in his apartment. He was taken into custody and faces charges of manufacturing meth, possession of a precursor to meth and keeping a drug house. Davis faces charges of manufacturing meth, distribution of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture, possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture and keeping a drug house.

He remains in custody at the Johnson County Jail.
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