Dejuvu all over again

Published on Thu, Aug 25, 2005
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Deju vu all over again

Leila Crayton of Blaine was arrested August 19 on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. At the time of her arrest Crayton, 20, was waiting to begin a 16-month jail sentence later this month for an earlier conviction on the same offense.

“She’s in custody now, and we’ll hold her awaiting trial on the second charge instead of letting her begin her jail term,” said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, who did not have details of her earlier arrest and conviction.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Regional Drug Task Force assisted by the Washington State Patrol executed the search warrant that led to Crayton’s arrest at 7 a.m. last Friday in the 4300 block of West Road, just outside the Blaine city limits. 

The lab site was in a 30-foot, fifth-wheel trailer, that was parked on private property with other occupied trailers. The lab appeared to have been in operation for several months as a substantial amount of waste was removed from the site by the Washington State Department of Ecology, after having been inventoried by sheriff’s deputies and the Washington State Patrol.

According to Bill Angel, an environmental health specialist with the Whatcom County Health Department, this is only the third meth lab bust in the county this year. “The last one was at the Belair Trailer Court at 1640 Peace Portal Drive last February,” Angel said.

In 2003, 23 labs were found in Whatcom County, dropping to 17 in 2004. “That’s good news all right,” Elfo said, “but in part it has to do with the drop in price of meth manufactured in Mexico. When they use this imported stuff then we don’t have the environmental damage, the fires and so on that happen with labs, but other problems are still with us.”