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Two arrested in meth lab bust
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Christopher Swadley - photo by Contributed/Vernon County Sheriff's Office

Two people were arrested Feb. 19 in the village of Viola in conjunction with an ongoing drug investigation.

Christopher Swadley, 37, of Soldiers Grove and Tara Sanders, 35, of Viola were taken into custody  after the Vernon County Combined Tactical Unit executed  a search warrant at a mobile home, on South Wagoner Ave.

Multiple bottles of methamphetamine, as well as materials used to manufacture the drug were seized.

The Vernon County Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted to clear hazardous materials from the meth lab.

Swadley and Sanders were held in the Vernon County Jail in Viroqua  until Feb. 22, when both appeared in Vernon County Circuit Court for a bail hearing.  Swadley was released on a $5,000 signature bond and Sanders on a $500 signature bond.  Charges are being sought through the Vernon County District Attorney.  Swadley and Sanders are due back in court at 10 a.m. March 9.

Also assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Vernon County Hazardous Materials Response Team, and the Viola and Readstown police departments.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether or not Swadley and Sanders were selling the methamphetamine.

CORRECTION: The version of this article appearing in the Feb. 25 Hillsboro Sentry Enterprise erroneously stated that both Swadley and Sanders were Vernon County residents. Soldiers Grove, Swadley's hometown, is in neighboring Crawford County.