Bloomfield man charged with manufacturing meth

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Andrea Anderson
December 11, 2015

ELKHORN—A village of Bloomfield man arrested in November after authorities found the remains of a methamphetamine lab has been charged in Walworth County Court.

Nathaniel L. Bailey, 32, is charged with felonies manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of waste from methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

The Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit and village of Bloomfield police discovered a small methamphetamine lab Nov. 23 after searching Bailey's home, W850 Myrtle Road in Bloomfield, according to a prior sheriff's office news release.

Bailey was wanted on a Wisconsin Division of Community Corrections apprehension request.

According to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Bailey was not home when deputies searched his house and found 14 “one-pot” cook bottles, lithium batteries, drain cleaner, Coleman fuel bottles, pseudoephedrine boxes, funnels with “white residue” and a blender.

Bailey told law enforcement how he cooked meth at his home, the complaint states.

It was a "typical one-pot" meth lab, Sgt. Jeff Patek of the sheriff's office has told The Gazette.

The one-pot, or shake-and-bake, method combines various chemicals in a bottle, which is shaken until the meth separates from the liquid and is filtered out. It is a highly flammable and dangerous method.

The Drug Enforcement Agency team recovered 1.73 grams of methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Bailey is being held at the Walworth County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. He will appear in court next at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the Walworth County Judicial Center.

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