By Jared Ritz
Law enforcment officers last week closed down suspected methamphetamine labs in Havre and Chester, the Tri-Agency Task Force said today.
Eight officers served a search warrant at a house in the 1000 block of Third Street in Havre Thursday at 11 p.m. Two arrests were made, evidence was gathered and the lab was dismantled, according to a task force press release.
Leslie Felton, 29, and Shawn Kessler, 32, both of Havre, were arrested on charges of production of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia, and are being held in the Hill County Detention Center, the release said.
The suspects had been under investigation since last summer, according to a spokesman for the task force. The task force believes the lab had been in operation for about five months, he said.
A total of five officers from the task force and the Liberty County Sheriff's Office raided a suspect lab in Chester on June 3, the task force said. No one was in the residence at the time.
The lab had been under investigation for about a week before the bust, and had not been in operation for more than a month, the spokesman said.
According to the spokesman, both labs were average-sized, yielding about 22 grams of meth per batch.