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Detectives bust mobile meth lab operation

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Crime: DNA test leads to six arrests surrounding lengthy investigation

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos detectives have unraveled a multitude of what they believe to be inter-related crimes including a mobile methamphetamine laboratory operating out of the bed of a pick up, which has been linked to several suspects.

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Suspects arrested so far include:
• Gary Shaw, 40, of Los Alamos is charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, larceny, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and he also had an outstanding Los Alamos County warrant.
• Brandon Brotherton, 31, of Belen is charged in conjunction with an outstanding ATF warrant on weapons charges and a Sandoval County warrant related to forgery and concealing his identity.
• Stacy Sanchez, 47, of Los Alamos is charged with receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
• Anna Sandoval, 27, of Albuquerque is charged with receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle.
• Gary Bobo, 40, of Los Alamos is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Nicole Trujillo, 27, of Los Alamos is charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

“Following a lengthy investigation that began in June, we identified a suspect in conjunction with a burglary on Myrtle Street that was reported to us on June 6 as having occurred sometime between Memorial Day and June 6,” said Sgt. Oliver Morris who heads up the department’s investigations division. “We received a confirmed DNA match on a suspect, Gary Shaw, and further investigation led us to a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero reported stolen out of Albuquerque.”

Morris and Det. Brian Schamber and Det. Paige Early went on to uncover a link to property reported stolen from 1001 Oppenheimer in mid-August to a stash of credit cards reported stolen in Albuquerque, which ultimately led to their discovery of a mobile meth lab.

The detectives arrested the six suspects Friday evening. New Mexico State Police and a special hazmat team were called in to assist because of the dangerous nature of the chemicals found in the truck and at a local residence, Morris said.

“There are several more individuals known to be involved who we currently have under investigation,” Schamber said. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to ensure meth is not manufactured in Los Alamos.”

Some of the most common components used to manufacture methamphetamine include iodine, muriatic acid, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, camping fuel, Heet fuel additive, matchbooks and pseudoephedrine, he said.

Morris spoke about the LAPD’s zero tolerance for meth labs operating within the county.

“We consider methamphetamine to be one of the most destructive drugs out there and we’re not going to tolerate it in our community,” he said. “This police department will spare no expense in removing this dangerous drug from our town.”

During the course of their investigation, the detectives also recovered five bicycles that they believe to be stolen. Anyone who has lost a bicycle and did not report it to police is asked to contact Morris at 662-8222 with a description.

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sURE GREAT TO HAVE THE POLICE BREAK THIS CASE. I LOST PROPERTY AT 1O01 OPPENHEIMER, BUT IT IS GREAT WORK ON THE PART OF OUR POLICE.