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Drug Lab Set Up in Absent Deputy’s Home

September 6, 2003

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) _ A Putnam County sheriff’s deputy’s house has become a crime scene.

But the deputy’s not to blame. Authorities are looking for a man they say constructed a methamphetamine lab at the deputy’s house while the officer was on vacation. The declined to identify the deputy.

Chief Deputy John Dailey said Wednesday that officers learned that the deputy’s relative staying in the house was producing the drug. The deputy, vacationing out of state, allowed authorities to search the house.

``I guess the relative thought `What better place than this to have a meth lab?‴ Dailey said. ``He made a victim out of one of our officers.″

Dailey declined to release the relative’s name but said no arrests have been made.

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