Mike Nowatzki, Published June 17 2009
Charges expected in meth lab fire south of FargoFARGO – Criminal charges are expected to be filed soon in connection with a June 4 fire that authorities believe was sparked by a methamphetamine lab.
Cass County Sheriff’s Detective Jesse Jahner said he has forwarded his report to the state’s attorney’s office.
Jahner said he’s recommending the suspect be charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, although that decision is ultimately up to the state’s attorney, he noted.
Authorities said items used to make meth were found in and around a semitrailer where firefighters fought the large blaze, in a grove of trees filled with abandoned cars south of the new Wal-Mart Supercenter being built along 52nd Avenue South.
The items included propane cylinders with altered valve systems, which are commonly used to store anhydrous ammonia, a common ingredient in the meth-making process, Jahner said. Also found were solvents, paint thinner and battery strips.