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Indian River woman & child reek of meth lab

Submitted by on March 29, 2010 – 6:36 amNo Comment

An Indian River woman could lose more than just her freedom after she was picked up for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Julie Ann Reid, 34, was arrested last week following a 3 a.m. traffic stop by Tuscarora Township Police.  The stop was initiated because the driver, Jesse Cole, had a pending warrant for violating the Sex Offender Registry. 

As officers approached, a strong chemical odor emanated from the vehicle.  Cole was arrested on the warrant and police began looking for the source of the chemical smell.

What they found in the trunk of the car was Coleman fuel, Miracle-grow, battery acid and Sudafed – all used in the manufacturing of crystal meth.  Reid eventually told police she and Cole had been cooking crystal meth at a friend’s house.  A minor child was asleep in the back of the car.

Reid is charged with second-degree child abuse and operating a meth lab in the presence of a minor child.  She faces up to 20 years in prison. 

Following the arrests, the two Tuscarora officers became ill from the chemical smell and were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.  A downstate meth lab cleanup crew was called in to address the crystal meth inside the vehicle due to its highly toxic and combustible nature. 

The Department of Human Services took the minor child and an abuse/neglect petition is pending.