Usually, police have to apply for a search warrant to find a methamphetamine lab.
On Thursday, they found one in their lobby.
"I think this would probably be a first," said Sgt. Dale Snyder, of the Dubuque Drug Task Force.
Leanne M. Cox, 27, of La Motte, Iowa, fell asleep while waiting to visit an inmate Thursday at the Dubuque County Law Enforcement Center. When an officer checked on her around 1:30 p.m., they found she was impaired: fidgety, unsteady on her feet and difficult to understand.
An officer placed Cox under arrest for public impairment. She admitted to using a combination of several drugs, Snyder said.
Then, while searching her backpack after her arrest, police found items used in the manufacturing of meth, including lithium batteries, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine, rubber gloves and acid. The officer called Snyder to alert the task force.
"He called us and said, 'You might want to get down here. You have some stuff to look at,'" Snyder said.
Cox was arrested on a charge of possession of a precursor with the intent to manufacture meth, punishable by up to five years in prison.
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