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2 jailed, children removed from home after meth lab discovered
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON — Narcotics detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce arrested two people March 11 for manufacturing methamphetamines after offi cers went to their residence on Lamb Road, off FM 2500 near Midway to serve an arrest warrant. The arrests came at the end of a nearly month-long investigation, according to Det. Randy Turner. Deputies went to the residence to arrest Amanda Gail Clarke, 33, of Livingston for theft of a fi rearm. When investigators learned of the warrant, they instructed deputies to secure the scene to prevent the residents from destroying evidence related to the ongoing narcotics investigation. Turner added that both Clarke and Pendley admitted to possessing and manufacturing methamphetamine. Investigators found meth and the ingredients used to manufacture the drug throughout the house. Lt. Andy Lowrie reported that Clarke had been under investigation after computer databases showed she had purchased large amounts of ephedrine in multiple locations in East Texas. Ephedrine is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamines. After residents gave consent to a search, investigators found more than 200 grams of meth. Two small children living at the residence were removed from the home and are now staying with their grandmother. Pendley was already on probation in Alabama for manufacturing methamphetamine. He and Clarke were charged with two counts of child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm.