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Dangerous meth-making method on the rise

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque law enforcement officers say two Wednesday incidents points to an increase in one particular and dangerous meth-making method.

Dubuque police Lt. Scott Baxter says Dubuque County had 49 meth dump sites and six active methamphetamine-manufacturing labs in 2011.

So far in 2012, he said, the county has seen three dump sites and four active labs. Two of those resulted in fires or explosions, and at least two of them were using the "one-pot cook" method.

Baxter said the "one-pot cook," "one-bottle cook" or "shake and bake" method, which are all names for the same thing, is on the rise.

On Wednesday, Dubuque police and fire officials responded to a fire on the Loras College campus.

Officials found an active methamphetamine lab at the Lynch-McCarthy Apartments had exploded.

The person responsible for the lab fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. An email sent to Loras students by the Loras College Communications Department said the responsible party was not a Loras student, but a guest of a student.

Police said the lab and explosion happened in a common bathroom area in the apartment complex. They say there was extensive damage but no known injuries. The email sent to students also said this was the first incident of its kind on campus.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are likely.

In a second and, police say, unrelated event Wednesday morning, police responded to a home at 1922 White Street and located a man with meth-making materials.

He is 29-year-old Dennis Hantelmann, who has no permanent address. Police wanted him on several warrants for Interference with Official Acts, Aggravated Public Intoxication, Theft Second Degree and Forgery and Disorderly Conduct, with the total bond set at $20,000.

Hantelmann also has an out-of-state warrant from Jo Daviess County, Ill., for Felony Obstruction of Justice, with a bond there of $50,000.

According to police, officers tried placing Hantelmann under arrest, but he resisted. The officers used pepper spray to subdue Hantelmann and take him into custody.

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