Police take down local meth lab

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By Carol A. Clark

An investigation that began 13 days ago led police to the Saturday morning discovery of a meth lab inside a bedroom at 3629-A Villa St.

A photo and information about the woman at the root of the investigation, Leslie Katherine Draper, 23, was featured in Thursday’s Monitor.

“The community is the hero in helping us shut down this meth lab,” said Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jeremy Duran, the lead officer in the case. “Some concerned citizens approached me after observing a group of people all buying Sudafed at Smith’s in White Rock,” Duran said.

“In checking further we determined this same group was buying Sudafed at the Smith’s in Los Alamos and Santa Fe and probably the Walgreen’s in Española.”

Pharmacy officials later contacted Duran to report the group bought 10 large boxes of matches, seven large bottles of Iodine and two large bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide, he said.

“These items are all precursors to a meth lab,” Duran said. “In conducting some follow up investigations some anonymous sources said that Draper was the one cooking the meth here. We obtained a warrant discovered the meth lab chemicals in her room.”

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