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Child Welfare Check Leads to Meth Lab Discovery


On the evening of Wednesday the 3rd of December The Department of Children & Families (DCF) and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) went to the residence of Robert Phillips, located at 140 NE Crabapple Way Lee, to investigate reports of high volumes of traffic coming to the residence at all hours of the day and night and that a young child between three and four years of age being seen unattended. When MCSO & DCF arrived Phillips, who has a long history of drug use and manufacturing, fled the area.

MCSO entered the residence and observed evidence of a meth lab, removed the female occupant and called for the Drug Unit of MCSO to investigate further. The child was not found at the residence. A small meth lab was found inside the residence as well as other meth related items outside. The Lee Volunteer Fire Department and Madison EMS were called out to be on standby in the event of accidental exposure or explosion.

About a year ago members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department received the necessary training to be able to remove and secure dangerous drugs and how to dismantle meth labs, saving the Department and the tax payers a lot of money.

The Drug Unit removed and secured the meth lab and prepared it to be shipped off to a facility that can destroy it.

Neighbors found it hard to believe that a meth lab was right next door and was glad to see MCSO there to remove the threat. Phillips is still at large at this time.

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