Troopers bust mobile meth lab
BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
HOMER NEWS STAFF WRITER
Alaska State Troopers on Saturday afternoon seized a mobile methamphetamine lab after making a routine traffic stop on a suspect in his car on Waddell Way near the Homer Post Office. Because of the hazardous chemicals and danger of explosion associated with the lab, troopers shut down Waddell Way, the road east of the post office off the Sterling Highway, until 10 p.m. that day. The suspect, Timothy Igou, 26, was arrested on one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, methamphetamines.
According to a trooper press release, the bust began about 2:45 p.m. when Anchor Point troopers stopped Igou on the Sterling Highway for a traffic violation. During the stop, troopers said they suspected Igou had a personal-use amount of meth. Troopers also suspected he had a clandestine meth lab in his car and was making meth. Troopers then closed Waddell Way because of the possible danger. Troopers got a search warrant and investigators from the statewide unit of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation responded and alleged there was a meth lab in Igou's car. Troopers gathered evidence and disassembled the lab.
A Drug Enforcement Agency hazardous waste team safely disposed of hazardous materials associated with the lab. People passing by had reported seeing workers in hazmat protection suits at the scene.
Igou was held without bail at the Homer Jail. Additional charges related to the alleged meth lab are pending.
Michael Armstrong can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.