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Arrests made in meth lab case

Three connected to case

March 30, 2009 | 06:46 PM
The Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit has connected two Delavan residents and an inmate at the Tazewell County Jail to a recently discovered methamphetamine lab.

Lainee M. Nickas, 26, and Christopher S. Wall, 44, both of 1420 Birchwood St., have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of materials for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nickas also faces charges for possession of marijuana.

Both Nickas and Wall are being held in Walworth County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. They each have court appearances scheduled for April 2 at 1 p.m.

An arrest warrant also has been issued for Doyle E. Hobbs, 35, for similar charges.

Hobbs currently is being held in Tazewell County Jail in Illinois for other charges. The Walworth County Sheriff's Department has placed a hold on Hobbs until he can be extradited back into the county.

The Walworth County Drug Unit searched Nickas and Walls' home on March 26.

The Drug Unit seized a about 50 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana, according to a news release.

The arrest were made following the investigation of a methamphetamine lab, which was found in the town of Delavan March 14.

According to the Walworth County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded to a trespassing complaint Saturday around 9 a.m. March 14 in a cornfield in Richmond Township.

Drug Enforcement Unit officials also were dispatched to the scene. Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate any suspects or vehicles. They found items that indicated the mixing of methamphetamine. However, there wasn't enough evidence to constitute a lab.

At about 9:30 a.m., deputies responded to another trespassing complaint at a Delavan Township residence. Authorities checked the vehicle and the area around the residence.

The vehicle appeared to be abandoned on the property and not associated with residents. Deputies found items which they believed to be associated with an active meth lab.

Agencies involved include the Town of Delavan Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, the Clan Lab Response Task Force, the Town of Delavan Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the Walworth County Level B Hazmat Team.

The Clan Lab Response Task Force collected evidence from both sites and the Walworth County Drug Unit stood by until cleanup was completed.

Sgt. Jeff Patek said there hasn't been a reported meth lab in Walworth County since August 2005 when one was found in Sharon Township.

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