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Additional details are emerging in the arrests of three people who were busted after an alleged meth lab was found in a home in Galena on January 10th.

Chief Deputy Tim Gideon says detectives received information about the location of stolen property, and with that informatin, they applied for and obtained a search warrant for 614 South Pine.

Upon execution of the search warrant, detective's located a large amount of property that was allegedly stolen from Chad Vaught's business, Wire Road Rebuilders, in Crane.


Vaught told authorities that he noticed a Dewalt Saw, Yamaha generator, propane bottles, catalytic converters, gasoline and miscellaneous tools missing from his business.  About a week before that, Vaught told investigator's that he allegedly caught an employee, Randy Higgins, stealing gas from him.

Vaught identified several items seized in the raid as belonging to him.

Drug charges were filed against Dustin Gan, 26; Nicole Jennings, 30, and Higgins, 37, all of Galena, after a large amount of finished methamphetamine and items used to manufacture the drug were found in the residence. Higgins is also facing theft of motor fuel.  They’re being held on bonds of $75,000. 

In a bizarre twist to the case, when detectives returned to the home for further investigation a few hours later they arrested Dan Baker, 53, of Galena who was allegedly burglarizing the home. He’s jailed on $25,00 bond. 

Assistant prosecutor Dayrell Scrivner says the investigation is ongoing and he expects additional charges to be filed in the case.

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