A 59-year-old Shullsburg man was arrested after a search of his house Jan. 28.
Robert F. Gundry faces charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place, possessing methamphetamine precursors, and knowingly possessing methamphetamine waste.
Gundry’s first appearance in Lafayette County Circuit Court Monday was continued to Friday at 9 a.m. Gundry faces a maximum sentence of 15½ years in prison and $30,000 in fines if convicted.
Lafayette County sheriff’s deputies, Shullsburg police, and members of the Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence located at 221 W. Water St. in the city of Shullsburg Jan. 28 around 5:30 p.m.
The search disclosed the evidence of a suspected red phosphorous methamphetamine lab that had been in operation on multiple occasions at the residence. Additionally, evidence of illicit drug distribution was discovered within the residence, according to the sheriff’s department.
The CLEAR Team is comprised of officers from the state Division of Criminal Investigation, Prairie du Chien police, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.
A hazardous material cleanup company also responded to deal with the collection of hazardous waste located at the residence. Shullsburg Fire Department and Shullsburg Ambulance Service personnel were dispatched to the location to provide on-scene support in the event of a fire or any medical emergencies.
The investigation of this matter is continuing, according to the sheriff’s department. Additional suspects have been identified and are being sought for their involvement in this illicit drug manufacturing and distribution investigation, according to the sheriff’s department.