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Meth lab discovered

Christina Proctor

A Tahoe Island resident’s call resulted in the discovery of what police believe was a large methamphetamine manufacturing operation Friday.

Darlene Lehman, 32, Benjamin Sayen, 34, and Allen Wise, 47, were arrested on suspicion of possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of glassware and opium pipes.

South Lake Tahoe police found the three allegedly camping illegally on a vacant lot in the 900 block of Secret Harbor Drive, where they were working on four different vehicles.

According to the police report, investigators found numerous items of glassware common in the manufacture of methamphetamine, 5-gallon buckets filled with chemical compounds, and plastic bags filled with unknown chemicals. Inside one of the trailers, police said they found glass smoking pipes and a mirror that could be used for “cutting” drugs. Police said the three had numerous heat sources, including propane stoves, burners and torches.

Wise was also out on bail from unrelated charges.

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