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On Monday, August 15, 2005, at 5:00 p.m., Lee M. Arnett, birth date 07/18/70, 19 Evergreen Street, Broomfield, was arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The arrest was the result of a joint team effort conducted by members of the North Metro Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), Colorado Department of Corrections and Adams County Department of Social Services. The police and sheriff agencies involved were Adams County Sheriffs Office, Brighton Police Department, Broomfield Police Department, Commerce City Police Department, Federal Heights Police Department, Northglenn Police Department, Thornton Police Department and the Westminster Police Department.
Thirty-nine officers and agents, split into seven teams, were involved in the sweep. In less than forty-eight hours, the teams visited twenty suspected Methamphetamine Labs and made one hundred and one methamphetamine related contacts. Along with the arrest of Arnett, twenty-four felony arrests were made and five tickets were issued, mostly for possession drug paraphernalia. The teams seized methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, hashish, mushrooms, twenty-five weapons and chemicals and glassware used to manufacture methamphetamine. Additionally, eleven children between the ages of 3 and 16 were removed from dangerous drug environments and place in protective custody with Adams County Social Services
According to Chief Thomas C. Deland, “the issues surrounding meth labs and meth users are something that impacts all of us due to the number of crimes that meth users commit to supply their habit. “As a result, all residents, along with their police agencies, must remain vigilant in eradicating this dangerous drug from their communities”.
“The collaborative effort on Monday and Tuesday by 10 law enforcement agencies, the North Metro Fire Department and Adams County Social Services, signals a new and innovative approach to fighting the methamphetamine trade. We have shown that when law enforcement, emergency services, and social services band together with concerned citizens, we can have an instant and positive impact on quality of life. Methamphetamine is a poison that corrupts our society and endangers our children. DEA is committed to working with our community partners in the fight against methamphetamine”, stated Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge, Jeffrey D. Sweetin.
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