Three Face Charges Relating to Manufacturing Meth in Vernon County
Four people were arrested and three of them face charges related to manufacturing of methamphetamine in Vernon County. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests late Thursday afternoon following a lengthy investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the Hillsboro area. Sheriff John Spears said investigators executed a search warrant at two separate locations within the Township of Greenwood, near Hillsboro. They found evidence of manufacturing meth using what’s known as the ‘Red Phosphorus’ method. Investigators said this method is known to produce extremely volatile fumes during the cooking process. Members of the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team from the Department of Justice were called to respond to both scenes and help authorities process the evidence and residual chemicals. The Vernon County Hazardous Materials Team provided contaminated materials cleanup at both scenes. One 19-year-old woman was taken into custody and was eventually released without charges. 41-year-old Diane Franke of Hillsboro, 39-year-old Amber Brown of Hillsboro, and 46-year-old Todd Brown of Hillsboro are facing charges related to the manufacturing of meth. Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said eight children and two elderly people were removed from the homes. The investigation was a result of a joint effort between the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro Police Department, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the West Central MEG Unit.
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