Three Pittsburg County residents accused of stealing anhydrous ammonia are scheduled to appear Wednesday in Sequoyah County District Court to face various drug-related charges.

Crystal Kay Clabough, 19, of McAlester; Kenneth Aaron Whitman, 36, of Krebs; and Jeffery Scott Short, 38, of Savanah were arrested Friday by Gore police officers investigating the reported theft.

Authorities located the woman and two men parked in a field adjacent to the anhydrous ammonia tanks from which the fertilizer was reported stolen. The three allegedly were in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to dismantle the “hot lab.” Sheriff’s investigators said the methamphetamine was in its finished state when they arrived at the scene. Gore Rural Fire District also responded.

According to officers on the scene, the trio had mixed the anhydrous ammonia with lithium metal and pseudoephedrine in a plastic container found inside the vehicle.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Johnny Philpot said the meth manufacturing method the trio allegedly was using is commonly known as the “Nazi method.” He said the mixture is highly volatile and creates its own heat, making it extremely dangerous to deal with for both law enforcement officers and those who make it.

Philpot said a number of people have been arrested during the past four to five years for stealing anhydrous ammonia from the distribution tanks near Gore. Anhydrous ammonia is a liquid fertilizer used by those in the agriculture industry to apply nitrogen to the soil.

According to jail records, all three suspects were being held without bond in Sequoyah County Jail on complaints of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, theft of anhydrous ammonia, possession of anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container, and drug trafficking.

Whitman was being held on an additional complaint of trespassing.

All three have outstanding warrants for municipal complaints in Gore. According to records, Clabough also has an outstanding warrant in Kingfisher County.

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