2 arrested for drugs, operating meth lab around children

2 arrested for drugs, operating meth lab around children

Two who were operating a meth lab in the presence of children have been arrested. Police say this is one of many meth labs they have busted in the last four weeks.
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Two people in Baxter County have been arrested on felony drug charges and for attempt to manufacture a controlled substance in the presence of children.

Officers from BCSO, Mountain Home Police Department, Arkansas State Police CID Unit and the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force served a search warrant Monday to a home on Ninth St., located near Mountain Home.

When they arrived, two adults and two small children were at the residence. Reports indicate there was evidence of a meth lab, marijuana, mushrooms, and meth manufacturing items.

“This was a joint effort by several law enforcement agencies. We are thankful as this was a fairly large meth lab. We are also thankful that the children appear to be okay,” John Montgomery, Baxter County Sheriff, said. “This is very serious when people like this manufacture in the presence of children. We are thankful we could get them out before harm came to them.”

The children were turned over to DHS and later placed with their grandparents.

“This is the 6 or 7 meth lab in the last four weeks that we have got,” Sheriff Montgomery said. “We have been able to do this through sharing intelligence and working together.”

The two arrested are identified as Christopher Roy Behrens, 37, of Baxter County and Crystal Lee Caster, 26, of Cotter.

Behrens was arrested and charged with manufacture of controlled substance-methamphetamine, manufacture of controlled substance in presence of minors, distribution of controlled substance near certain facilities and possession of a controlled substance, identified as psycillibin mushrooms.

He is also being charged with possession of a controlled substance, contempt of court and nonpayment of fines, all misdemeanors.

Caster was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to manufacture controlled substance, the manufacture of a controlled substance in presence of minors and distribution of controlled substance near certain facilities.

Bond for Behrens was set at $100,000, and bond for Caster was set at $50,000. Both will appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on Aug. 5.

A clean up crew from Little Rock has been contracted to come to the home to clean it up and dispose of any dangerous materials.

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