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Three charged after remnants of meth lab recovered

WINDOM -- Three individuals have been charged with first-degree conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine after a search warrant was executed at a Windom residence and remnants of a clandestine meth lab were allegedly recovered by authorities.

According to the criminal complaints, between August 2010 and Feb. 14, Chanon Leigh Burke, 34, of Windom, Josey Ray Netsch, 26, of Mountain Lake, and Anastasia Taleen Smallfield, 41, of Windom, conspired to manufacture meth.

Information from an informant led authorities to believe Burke and another man were allegedly purchasing cold medication containing pseudoephedrine for Burke for the purpose of making meth.

In early February, a pharmacy in Jackson County had reported Netsch and another man had purchased 24 tablets each. Working with the informant, officers arrested Netsch.

Smallfield was picked up in Jeffers on a Lincoln County warrant, the complaint states.

The informant reported she and Burke, who is from the Pipestone area, live together on 12th Street in Windom, where the informant had several times seen indications of a meth lab.

A search warrant was executed Feb. 14 by members of the Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

No active lab was found, but authorities seized numerous items indicative of meth manufacture: a gallon jar full of what is known as a pill soak, coffee filters with white residue, empty pseudoephedrine blister packs and receipts for their purchase, bubbler hoses, empty prescription bottles and lithium batteries that had been broken open.

The day the search warrant was executed, officers spoke with Netsch, who allegedly said he had purchased two 24-tablet boxes of Sudafed the previous week in two different towns.

A man had offered him $50 to "go hopping around" to buy more. The man told Netsch the Sudafed was for his allergies, but he knew better, he stated.

Several days earlier, Netsch had helped Burke fix a radiator at his residence, he said, and the man had given him "fluff," which is a street name for low grade meth in powder form.