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Domestic call turns into meth bust

By DAWN SLADE
Mille Lacs County Times
Posted 5/1/03

A call concerning a domestic situation turned into a meth lab bust in Onamia.

On Wednesday, April 16 officers of the Mille Lacs County Sheriffıs Department were dispatched to 316 South Oak Street in Onamia concerning a domestic disturbance.

An overwhelming odor of Toulene struck the officers when they arrived at the home.

Crystal Rose Steeber, 21, and Anthony Joseph Schwarz, 38, denied knowing what the smell was, but officers saw in plain view a hot plate, mason jars, a plastic funnel with a coffee filter, and a bag of Zig Zag rolling papers (typically used for marijuana).

Steeberıs two-and-a-half year old child was also at the residence when officers arrived.

Based on the items and the officerıs knowledge of meth labs, investigator Jim Osowski obtained a search warrant for the residence.

In addition to the above mentioned items, Osowski, along with deputies Todd Quaintance, Don Lorge, and Jason LeSart, found Red Devil lye, numerous plastic bags, muriatic acid, scales, full and empty containers of pseudophedrine, a video tape of how to manufacture meth, glass pipes, and several marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

The investigating officers also found several firearms. One of those was a stolen Ruger 10-22.22 caliber rifle from Kanabec County.

Steeber and Schwarz have been charged with first degree manufacturing of meth, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine.

They have also been charged with receiving stolen property, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Both have been charged with child endangerment/neglect, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

Steeber and Schwarz are both currently out on bail and have hearings scheduled in June.


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