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2 arrested on suspicion of operating meth lab in Hoonah

Posted: October 13, 2012 - 12:20pm  |  Updated: October 13, 2012 - 11:09pm

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine after authorities discovered an active meth lab inside a commercial storage facility in Hoonah.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation said in a dispatch that Gary D. Chamblin, 49, of Hoonah, and David B. Pierce, 36, of Oregon, were arrested in connection to operating the lab.

They were each charged with one count of second-degree drug misconduct for being in possession of methamphetamine precursors and listed chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, the release states. That’s a class ‘A’ felony that can be punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

They were arraigned in court in Hoonah where bail was set at $50,000, but they have since been transported to Juneau where they are being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, the release states.

The Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs (SEACAD) task force processed the lab on Thursday after the Hoonah Police Department requested their assistance.

Four SEACAD members arrived in Hoonah and removed processed methamphetamine, various precursors, listed chemicals and other items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, the release states.

Court records show Chamblin has a criminal history in Hoonah dating back to 2001 that includes convictions for failure to register as a sex offender, disorderly conduct, violating conditions of release, assault in the fourth degree, interfering with a report of a crime involving domestic violence as well as two driving violations for speeding and driving without a valid license.

Court records indicate Pierce does not have a criminal record in Alaska. Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said during the court hearing that Pierce has prior felony convictions out of Oregon for drug-related offenses, and that she is working on getting the court those certified documents.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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