Suspect pleads innocent in meth-making case |

Suspect pleads innocent in meth-making case

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While the scope of an alleged Penn Valley-area methamphetamine case remains under investigation, the man accused of making the drug pleaded innocent Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.

John L. Alldritt’s pleas to felony charges were entered by his lawyer, Ron Peters, of Sacramento, who said afterward he couldn’t comment without having seen any evidence.

In court, Peters he said he would argue to reduce Alldritt’s $1 million bail at the next hearing, which Judge William Skillman set for Jan. 27. Alldritt’s co-defendant, Lisa D. Knutsen, 27, will be arraigned on the same date. She is free on $50,000 bail.

The pair was arrested Jan. 7 at a Mellow Pines Drive home near Lake Wildwood after 50 state and local officers raided the property.

The state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement began investigating Alldritt about 18 months ago, and BNE Special Agent Supervisor Brent Orick said more arrests in the case are probable.

Alleged finds during the raid included a half-pound of meth, two gallons of meth solution, large glassware for making the drug, meth chemicals, a quarter-pound of marijuana and 33 guns, a few of which were stolen.

Despite the alleged discovery of chemicals such as iodine and red phosphorous, the county Department of Environmental Health reported that no spills or contamination were found. However, there is a chance the septic tank was contaminated because glassware was found in a sink.

Ed Lucas, a county environmental specialist, said Alldritt will need to hire a consultant or cleanup company to take samples from the tank to check for contamination.

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