Two area meth labs were seized late last week during a sting operation by the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Two area meth labs were seized late last week during a sting operation by the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The first lab found was located inside a residence at 1011 N. Grand in Pittsburg, while the other was located at 4040 Parkview Drive in Frontenac. 

Arrested in association with the Pittsburg lab were 18-year-old Pittsburg residents Keith Allen Brown and Chantelle Nichole Thurman. Both were charged with Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled substance, Conspiracy to manufacture, and possession of pseudoephedrine as a precursor.  They remain in the Crawford County jail in lieu of $107,500 bond.

Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton said at least four more people are expected to be arrested this week for their involvement in the Pittsburg lab.

No arrests have yet been made in the Frontenac lab case, but Horton said four arrests are expected to be made this week.

“The volume of activity associated with this operation quickly overwhelmed the agencies involved and off duty personnel were called in to assist,” Horton said.  “The operation finally had to be shut down early.”
Horton said the discoveries of the two labs last week highlights the ongoing “meth issue” in southeast Kansas.

“This recent activity further illustrates that the meth issue in our region, although hampered by legislation, has not gone away,” he said. “Unfortunately the inability of KDHE to respond due to budget cuts further frustrates the issue.”  

The sting operation that led to these discoveries was conducted at the Pittsburg Wal-Mart. Agents of SEKDTF tracked “known drug users” at the store’s pharmacy and then continued to follow them once they left the store, leading to the lab discoveries.

The SEKDTF consists of the K.B.I., HIDTA, and is supported by the six Southeast Kansas Counties, along with the Crawford County Drug Task Force which consist of Officers with the Pittsburg Police Dept, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and Pittsburg State University Police and the K9 units of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Pittsburg Police Dept. all participated in the operation.