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Mobile Meth Lab

Casper firefighters in protective gear leave a decontamination tent Monday morning after removing samples from a suspected mobile meth lab found during a traffic stop on CY Avenue. Two people were arrested when police made the stop just after 3 a.m.

Authorities closed part of CY Avenue on Monday morning after officers arrested two people suspected of operating a mobile methamphetamine lab.

Jason M. Hays, of Port Richey, Florida, and Megan M. Schwabel, of Fargo, North Dakota, were booked into jail following a 3:11 a.m. traffic stop, Casper police Sgt. Joey Wilhelm said.

The sergeant said after the vehicle was stopped, meth and a mobile meth lab were found in the vehicle.

On Monday morning, a dark sedan with out-of-state license plates sat in the far-right lane, half a block from a police SUV at the corner of O’Connell Street. At the same intersection, orange traffic cones and signs directed vehicles to detour around the block and up to Fremont Avenue.

The road was reopened by 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wilhelm wrote in an email.

Wilhelm said on Monday morning that the road closure would remain in effect as agents from the Department of Environmental Quality traveled to Casper from Denver in order to collect chemicals used in the process of meth production.

Because the case is being investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Wilhelm said he could not offer further details.

A DCI commander overseeing the investigation could not be reached for comment Monday.

Casper Fire-EMS spokesman Pat McJunkin said his department was responsible for collecting materials from the vehicle, examining them and passing the preliminary results on to DCI. He declined to say what chemicals had been found.

The two suspects will make their initial court appearances Tuesday afternoon, Wilhelm said.

Follow crime reporter Shane Sanderson on Twitter @shanersanderson

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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