Two arrested at Grass Valley home meth lab |

Two arrested at Grass Valley home meth lab

Narcotics agents arrested two people this morning after finding the makings of a home methamphetamine lab on the 14000 block of Rollins Park Drive.

“The lab has been here a long time,” Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans said at 6:30 a.m., half an hour after detectives with the sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on the home.

The search was a culmination of a lengthy investigation by the narcotics task force, spurred on by several anonymous tips, he said.

“It was obvious there was a lab as soon as we got here,” said Det. Justin Martin. The smell of chemicals was an immediate giveaway, he said.

Glass containers full of miscellaneous chemical littered a shed on the property. Two narcotics agents dressed in protective suits, rubber boots, gloves and respirators handled the containers, which included red devil dye, hydrochloric acid, acetone and toluene.

Agents arrested Darren McCullough, 41, on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine. He appeared to have been living at the residence with his mother. She was not arrested.

Kelly Kehn of Grass Valley, who appeared to also be living at the residence, was also arrested for a warrant.

McCullough’s last contact with the sheriff’s office was in 1997, when he was arrested for drug possession, Evans said.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

Both women could be charged with manufacturing if evidence points to any involvement in the lab, Martin said.

After they are processed by the narcotics unit, the containers and other evidence collected at the scene will be tested for fingerprints, he said.

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