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Meth lab discovered near Vian School

Sheriff's Office Investigator BR Rutherford is shown processing the scene

and photo logging portions of the meth lab from the residence.

Friday, June 4, 2021 - A "meth lab" was discovered on May 28 at the home of Todd Davis, 36, of Vian. The residence is located directly behind the new Vian School agriculture building.

According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane, Sheriff’s Investigator Chris Grizzle had received "credible information and evidence of drugs being manufactured and sold from the residence." Davis is a member of a federally recognized tribe which led Grizzle to obtain a search warrant through Cherokee Nation tribal courts.

On May 28 the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the Vian Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at the residence. Upon entering, investigators found items and substances consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Larry Lane stated that this is the first meth lab that has been found in Sequoyah County in over three years and is the first one to be found in the entire state of Oklahoma in 2021.

“Pretty much all of the meth users now days use crystal meth which is brought in from Mexico. With the Mexico border so wide open, the influx of crystal meth is worse than ever and the prices are lower than ever, "Sheriff Lane said. "It’s too much of a risk and not worth the expense and trouble to gather the ingredients to manufacture their meth."

Sheriff Lane added the lab was what is called a “shake and bake” type or also “one pot” method. During this type of "cook" toxic fumes are not emitted as in other types of manufacturing.

"The main danger from these types of labs is a high fire risk since the components are highly flammable," Sheriff Lane said.

Charges are being filed through Cherokee Nation and an arrest warrant is expected to be issued from Cherokee Nation for Endeavoring to manufacture CDS, Possession of CDS within 1000 ft of a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

KXMX News Staff

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