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Leggett area meth lab raided


LIVINGSTON – An investigation into a Leggett area methamphetamine lab resulted in the arrest to two suspects on felony drug charges last week. Joshua Lee Sackberger, 32, and Kristie Michelle Matthews, 37, were both charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (penalty group one), more than four but less and 200 grams, and with felony possession of a chemical with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. They were each being held under bonds totaling $50,000 this week. According to Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack, the arrests came on Tuesday, Feb. 11, when deputies with the sheriff's narcotics, criminal investigation and patrol divisions went to a residence on Fagin Farm Road in Leggett as part of an investigation into the manufacture of methamphetamine. Upon arrival detectives made contact with Sackberger, who was inside the residence. When the suspect opened the door, detectives smelled a strong chemical odor consistent with a methamphetamine laboratory. Detectives secured the residence and a search warrant was obtained. While waiting for the search warrant, the other occupant of the house, Matthews, arrived and was detained at that time along with another vehicle driven by Buster Matthews, 38, who was subsequently arrested for traffic offenses according to Hammack. Once the search warrant was obtained, deputies began looking inside the residence and discovered a large amount of methamphetamine, three methamphetamine laboratories and chemicals used to make methamphetamine. Hammack said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests will follow.


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