Man faces meth-related charges

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 27, 2012 6:30 AM

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A local man was charged earlier this month with possession of items to manufacture methamphetamine.

Robert Lothridge, 36, 546 Elkhorn Trail, was charged April 18 with possession of anhydrous ammonia and a controlled-substance violation.

According to a Johnson County Sheriff's Office complaint, a state of Iowa Narcotics Search Warrant was conducted at garage units occupied by Lothridge.

During the search, officials allegedly found numerous items indicative of methamphetamine manufacture. Some of the items included coffee filters, salt, and a can of starting fluid, the complaint said. Lothridge also allegedly had two LP tanks in the bed of his truck. One allegedly had altered valves and contained a large amount of anhydrous ammonia, which Lothridge claimed he found on his property.

According to the complaint, a state Division of Criminal Investigation laboratory report received on April 16 showed more than 170 grams of samples submitted tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Possession of anhydrous ammonia is a Class-D felony.

A controlled-substance violation is a Class-B felony.

— By Jordyn Reiland

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