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Three Arrested In Meth Bust

William Winter, Anthony Mosconi, Bryan Winter

By David Howell

SCOBEY – Deputies arrested three people Monday night after taking down a meth lab on Highway 51 near Scobey.
    Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported Anthony Mosconi, 34, of Grenada and brothers Bryan Winter, 36,  and William Winter, 42, both of Tillatoba, were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of precursors with intent to manufacture.
    Humphreys said the arrests came after a search warrant was executed at a residence around 9 p.m. with assistance from the Grenada Sheriff’s Department. Deputies uncovered the meth lab, several grams of methamphetamine and precursors at the residence. A vehicle was seized during the investigation.
    “We believe they had cooked sometime around lunch Monday and were planning to cook again that night,” Humphreys told the Herald.
    Humphreys added that deputy Jim Bailey had received notification from MethCheck that all three men had purchased more than 200 pills in Memphis earlier that day.
    MethCheck is a tracking system which provides automated tools that give law enforcement the ability to monitor suspicious buying patterns and to “watch” specific individuals who exceed the legal limits imposed by state law.
    In Tennessee, pseudoephedrine is sold over-the-counter as a cold and allergy medicine. In Missis-sippi, after a law change in 2010, pseudoephedrine is classified as a prescription drug because it is the main ingredient used to illegally produce methamphetamine.
    “When they brought the pseudoephedrine back across state lines, they were committing a crime,” Humphreys explained. “They must have a prescription and it must be contained in a pill bottle.”
    “We have seen the number of active meth labs cut dramatically since the 2010 law change, but they still pop up periodically,” Humphreys said.
    As in previous cases, the sheriff said deputies typically set up on I-55 and wait for the suspects to return from Memphis with the pills.
    In Monday’s case, deputies were unable to stop the suspects before they made it home, even though they spent several hours on I-55 waiting.
    “But the information was used to help us obtain the search warrant, which was critical to this case,” the sheriff added.
    Ironically Humphreys said that releasing his department’s investigative tactics does little to change the habits of meth cookers.
    “We have released this information in numerous stories since 2010. I would much rather deter drug users from cooking and using meth than have to arrest them,” the sheriff explained.

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