Authorities Conduct Major Morning Meth Bust In Mead - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Authorities Conduct Major Morning Meth Bust In Mead

KHQ.COM - Sheriff's drug detectives arrested a Mead, Washington couple early Wednesday and gave temporary custody to the woman's seven-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son to Child Protective Services.

Acting on information developed from confidential sources, detectives assigned to the Investigative Task Force executed a search warrant at 12509 N. Freya. The sheriff's SWAT team made entry at the home at 6 a.m.

Investigators found the couple and children living in filthy conditions. Dirty dishes and clothing was strewn about, there was little food in the refrigerator, and they were heating the home with the kitchen stove. The septic system had been backed up and plugged for years, detectives reported.

Inside the adults' bedroom, investigators found user quantities of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on the nightstand, within view and easily accessible to the two children. The little girl told detectives she had trouble sleeping at night because of the mice in the walls and spiders that bit her.

Detectives obtained the search warrant to find a reported methamphetamine lab. Labs had been located on the property twice in 2009, and the property owner's son is currently in prison following his conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine.

No lab was found in Wednesday's raid, although evidence of past labs was found in garbage piles located behind the house. 

Arrested Wednesday was 41-year-old Brian L. Mann, a convicted felon with a lengthy local criminal history. Also arrested was 31-year-old Heather L. Luding, the children's mother. Both were booked into the Spokane County Jail on felony counts of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Because of the children's unsafe living environment and exposure to drugs and the drug culture, the investigation had been designated a Drug-Endangered Child (DEC) case that will be jointly investigated by CPS and the sheriff's office.

Spokane County Code Enforcement officers reportedly have an ongoing investigation into violations occurring at the North Freya property.

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