Higher than “normal” electric bills don’t send up the red flag warnings that they used to, in an economy flooded with utility cost increases. It is a fact that one meth cook in the Mapleton and Minnesota Lake region of Minnesota depended on when he hooked up his home to a neighbor’s grain storage facility. It worked, for awhile at least.
His free electric source came to a screeching halt though, when the facility’s owners called an electrician to help them take a look at a problem at their grain facility. When the electrician asked the owners where the electrical shut off switch was located in their building, he discovered a wire that gave him cause for concern. Someone, he knew, was stealing electric from the grain facility owners.
When police received the complaint, they began an investigation that revealed that a nearby neighbor had lost his electric power for an outstanding $700 bill. Using a search warrant, police went to the home of 33 year old Christopher Carey to see if what they found would confirm their suspicions. Police soon realized something they didn’t realize before. Christopher Carey appeared to be running a meth lab out of his rural home in Minnesota, southeast of Mapleton. Police also suspected that Jeana Sue Tate-Rorvig, 28, was his assistant. Staci jean Klein, 18, was also present in Carey’s home. Police found meth in her purse. Another man at the scene, who is related to Carey, has not been charged with any crimes. Both Carey and Tate-Rorvig appeared in court on Monday to face felony charges of first-degree drug manufacturing. Klein was charged with fifth-degree drug possession, also a felony.
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