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Iowa woman charged in connection to meth operation



This news story was published on March 15, 2012.
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John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa –

KEOKUK – Agents from the Lee County Narcotics Task Force have arrested a Keokuk woman, accusing her of being part of an elaborate meth-cooking operation.

Dawn Renee Will, 30, was booked into the Lee County jail Friday charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of meth in the presence of a minor, maintaining a drug house, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth.

The child enhancement was placed on Will’s charges because a child was found to be living with her. The relationship between her and the child is unclear.

If convicted on all charges, Will could be sentenced to as many as 33 years in prison.

Authorities said Will appeared on their radar following an investigation of child abuse, which allegedly happened in the woman’s home.

During the probe, agents said items “indicative to the use and manufacture of meth” were found and seized.

The items were determined to be associated with the one-pot method of making the illegal substance, authorities said.

One-pot, also known as the shake-and-bake method, means cooks can make meth in one sealed container that generally is flipped upside-down to cause the reaction needed to turn several toxic ingredients into meth.

The chemical reaction in the container, which can be anything from a Coleman fuel can to a soda bottle, causes an extremely high amount of pressure to build up after being shaken. It can create a significant explosion, authorities said.

 

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