Officers apprehend mobile methamphetamine lab in Mt. Pleasant
A follow-up on a complaint Tuesday led to the bust of a mobile methamphetamine lab by officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police and Henry County Sheriff’s departments.
According to a release from the police department, law enforcement officials received a tip of a possible meth lab dump site. While investigating, the officers saw a vehicle that had been seen at the site. The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed and was followed into Mt. Pleasant before it was stopped at the intersection of Marion and West Clay streets.
The driver of the vehicle, Dylan Phillips of Mt. Pleasant, and a passenger, John Nicastri of Keokuk, were taken into custody. Nicastri had meth on him and Phillips told officers that there was a “shake and bake” meth lab in the back of the vehicle.
Officers from the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement were called in to clean up the meth lab. Over five grams of meth were located in the vehicle. The cleaning and removal of the lab caused closure of the 600 block of West Clay Street for several hours yesterday.
Phillips and Nicastri were charged with conspiracy to manufacture over five grams of meth, a class B felony. More charges are pending and more arrests expected, according to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department.
A subsequent search of a residence at 702 S. Jackson St. in Mt. Pleasant resulted in the seizure of alleged meth, filters, paraphernalia and other items consistent with the sale of meth, officials said.
Assisting in the investigation were the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department.