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Deputies handle three drug cases Sunday; one gets 'faceful of meth'
CROCKER/SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (May 17, 2010) — In separate Pulaski County drug cases Sunday night, a county deputy suffered exposure to methamphetamine fumes southeast of Crocker, and a different deputy arrested a woman believed to be driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to sheriff’s department logs, an area resident reported at 7:32 p.m. that the occupants of a dark blue passenger car had thrown out three bottles “with plastic tubing coming out and they were smoking but they have stopped smoking.” Deputies responded and by 8 p.m. reported that someone needed to be called to remove the bottles from the roadway; Pulaski County 911 dispatchers reported that they already had Crocker Rural Fire Protection District personnel en route.

Sheriff J.B. King confirmed that the incident happened in the area of Buttercup Road and Bangor Road and that the bottles had been used to cook methamphetamine; St. Robert firefighters trained in hazardous materials removal responded to assist Crocker firefighters.

Crocker firefighters and hazardous material removal personnel responded, but at 9:50 p.m., sheriff’s dispatchers called King reporting that the deputy “had got a face full of meth and the ambulance (personnel were) checking her out.” She told King that she was fine; King said she was decontaminated and didn’t require further treatment.

Deputies didn’t leave the scene until shortly after midnight and investigation of the dumped methamphetamine lab continues, King said.

While that investigation was underway, deputies stopped a red Chevrolet Beretta at 10:10 p.m. on Highway 28 just past the Road Ranger truck stop and believed the driver was under the influence of drugs. Deputies called for a St. Robert drug dog within minutes, according to sheriff’s department logs, and King confirmed that the dog alerted for ythe presence of drugs.

“A search of the vehicle located items of drug paraphernalia and a bottle with liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine,” King said in a prepared statement.

Charges are pending against the driver, King said, who remains in the Pulaski County Jail on a 24-hour hold.

King said he doesn’t believe the two incidents are related.

In a third drug case, a person came to the sheriff’s department office at 9:51 p.m. reporting “what looked to be drugs in the washer” of a house. Deputies took possession of the potential drugs and took a statement from the person who came to the sheriff’s department with the suspicious items.

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