Cops: Spat over meth results in 4 arrests
Grand Junction police were alerted last week to an alleged failed methamphetamine cook after a dispute erupted between two couples at a North Avenue mobile home park over who was paying for their meth-making chemicals, according to arrest affidavits.
Ashley Brown, 22, and Jack Ellis, 34, who live at unit 22A at 2858 North Ave.; Douglas Fuller and Dianna Evans, both 45, who live opposite Brown and Ellis at space 20, were booked at the Mesa County Jail in the predawn hours Saturday after their arrests on suspicion of multiple drug-related charges.
Affidavits in support of arrest say officers were called out to the mobile home park Friday night on a report of a disturbance over money owed on chemicals purchased for a methamphetamine cook, which happened on Sept 9.
The affidavit doesn’t provide additional detail about the alleged disturbance.
Grand Junction patrol officers Friday night called upon colleagues with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force, who were allowed to search the units at 22A and 20 with the consent of the owners, the affidavits said. Inside Fuller’s and Evans’ trailer, officers found a bottle of muriatic acid, aquarium tubing, household drain cleaner (sodium hydroxide), and the contents of a cold pack in a ziplock bag (ammonium nitrate), along with Coleman fuel (solvent).
Interviewed at the scene, Brown allegedly told officers she and the other three agreed to cook up a batch of meth, and that the foursome went together to area stores to purchase the chemicals. Brown said she purchased Sudafed from Walmart, 2881 North Ave. They went to a True Value location where Lye drain opener was purchased, the affidavit said.
The chemicals were reportedly cooked and mixed — placed inside individual empty bottles of Mountain Dew — at Fuller and Evans’ home, the affidavit said. The cook reportedly failed.
Fuller initially denied knowledge of what the chemicals were being used for, but later admitted to hosting the failed cook. Evans, who is Fuller’s common-law wife, told officers she has used meth off and on for about a decade.
Fuller allegedly told officers “that he only participated in purchasing (chemicals) so that Evans would have a new source for her methamphetamine.”