|The Joplin Narcotics Unit with the assistance of Jasper County Drug Task Force on October 5, 2009 served a search warrant at 2229 S. Harlem.
After the location was secured, investigators found an active methamphetamine lab in a bedroom. Investigators also found additional chemicals, liquids and glassware used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Three people, John K. Kubik, Carla J. McClintick, and Steven L. Prester, were in the room while the manufacturing was happening and were arrested. All three subjects were booked at Joplin City Jail and paperwork will be forwarded to the prosecutorís office for filing of appropriate charges.
Editor's note: The EPA has issued a reminder about the significant environmental hazards meth laboratories generate and even the potential contamination of a structure in which the smoking of meth takes place. In 2007 the EPA set up voluntary guidelines for methamphetamine cleanup that were revised in 2008 based upon feedback from the Cleanup and Remediation Working Group of the National Alliance of Model State Drug Laws meeting in Santa Fe, NM. Best practices on how to clean specific items or materials found in a former meth lab (e.g., walls, floors, appliances, electronics, fabrics) may be found in the EPA document here.