3 arrested after active meth lab found in Eldridge home

Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2014, 7:36 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
ELDRIDGE — Three adults were arrested and three children were placed in protective custody after an active meth lab was found inside a residence Thursday morning, according to police.

Eldridge Police Chief David Kopatich said officers launched an investigation several weeks ago after receiving a report of suspicious activity at 304 N. 9th St. After hours of investigative work, he said, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence and executed it about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

A meth lab discovered inside was dismantled safely by the Iowa State Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

The owner of the home, 33-year-old Nolan Dufloth, and his 24-year-old roommate, Benjamin Meyers, were arrested and booked into Scott County Jail about 11 a.m. on $100,000 bonds. They each face a Class B felony count of meth manufacturing with children present and three Class D counts of child endangerment for meth exposure.

Later Thursday, police also arrested Amber Dufloth, 27, of Lost Nation, Iowa. She was booked into the jail about 4:15 p.m. and held on a $50,000 bond. She faces one charge of possession of pseudoephedrine and three counts of child endangerment, all Class D felonies.

The Class B offenses are punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The Class D offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.

Mr. Dufloth's two biological children and one stepchild — ages 2, 7 and 10 — were placed in custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services pending further investigation. The children lived at the residence but were not home when the search warrant was executed, Chief Kopatich said.

Other assisting agencies include the Eldridge Fire Department and the Scott County Sheriff Department's special operations unit.


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