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THREE ARRESTED: Traffic Stop Leads To Meth Lab

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The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force says a traffic stop by Newton police Monday led them to a meth lab.

Police pulled over 51-year-old Arthur Wolcott just before 6:00 p.m. Walcott was arrested for meth possession but when officers searched his vehicle they also found two pipe bombs in the trunk. The state Fire Marshal’s Office safely removed the devices.

Newton police called in the M.I.N.E. task force to help them serve a search warrant at Walcott’s home Monday night. There they discovered a “one pot” methamphetamine lab and other meth-making materials.

Two other residents of the home were arrested, 45-year-old Paul Lott and 54-year-old Cheri Lott. Both face several charges including conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wolcott, who was charged for felon in possession of an offensive weapon and unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon for the traffic stop, also faces additional charges stemming from the search of his home. He is charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Officials say more charges could be pending in the case which remains under investigation.

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