Three Arrested After Several Month Long Investigation
By Christy Aumer, Reporter
WASHINGTON, Iowa - Authorities have made three arrests after a several month long investigation in the Washington County area.
Officers stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of West Washington Street on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. According to authorities, the vehicle was being stopped in connection with an investigation regarding Ronald W. Boileau, 50 of Washington. The vehicle was driven by Kyle J. Boileau, 26 of Wayland and occupied by Brianna K. Hole, 23 also of Wayland, and two dogs. According to Washington police chief Greg Goodman, officials discovered an active meth lab in Kyle's lap.
"They were actually making meth when they got stopped," Goodman said. "They stopped up on the south side of our square, outside of our public library." Goodman added this type of active meth lab can pose as a fire hazard.
"Small explosion potential. Plus the fumes are extremely toxic," Goodman said. "We wanted to get them stopped in a different place, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way."
Goodman said officials secured the area for a couple of hours while crews decontaminated the subjects and dogs.
The three subjects are arrested in conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Ronald faces an additional three counts of delivery of methamphetamine. Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, if more than five grams, is a Class B felony and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The three remain in the Washington County jail.
Additional searches were executed throughout the Washington County area throughout the day, a news release said.
This case was investigated by the Washington/Louisa Drug Task Force, the Muscatine County Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The following agencies assisted with Wednesday's investigation: The Washington County Sheriff's Office, Washington Police Department, Johnson County Drug Task Force, Wayland Police Department, Washington Fire Department and the Washington County Ambulance Service.
The case remains under investigation.