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December 3, 2012

Bust nets up to 80 meth labs

Muskogee law enforcers arrested two people early Monday and found as many as 80 meth labs in their possession.

Sgt. John Pearson said the Muskogee City/County Aggressive Crime Enforcement Team and the Muskogee Police Department’s Special Operations Team served a search warrant in the 400 block of North 18th Street at 9 a.m. Monday. Police arrested Brandon Del Jackson, 31, and Sylvia Starr, 22, on complaints of endeavoring to manufacture controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Jackson and Starr will have bonds set at their initial court appearance, set for 3 p.m. today.

Pearson said a rifle and about two grams of methamphetamine were recovered from the house. The shake-and-bake labs were found inside the house and in its back yard.

“It’s a wonder the house hadn’t caught fire,” Pearson said. “We don’t have a final tally on how many labs we found. Last count it was 70-75 and there were more left.”

Pearson said the home was a “disaster.”

Jackson referred to Starr as his wife, Pearson said, but the couple may not be married.

“They’re at least boyfriend and girlfriend,” he said, adding that another person was in the residence — but was not arrested — when the warrant was issued.

“There were no kids involved,” he said.

Court records show Starr pleaded guilty in August to possession of a controlled dangerous substance, received a five-year suspended sentence and was placed on the state’s meth offender registry.

Jackson was charged in October with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He has a preliminary hearing set for 10 a.m. Jan. 7. Court records show Jackson pleaded guilty earlier in October to conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Jackson received a seven-year deferred sentence and was placed on the state’s meth offender registry as well.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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