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Meth lab found in house search
Man arrested, juvenile in custody
Brandon Loken
Brandon Loken

A 25-year-old Platteville man was arrested and a juvenile was taken into custody after a methamphetamine lab was discovered in a search of a Platteville house Wednesday.

Charges are pending against Brandon Loken after the search at 377 N. Chestnut St. Loken is currently in the Grant County Jail in Lancaster.

Police were investigating the theft of a cellphone when an occupant of the house consented to a search. During the search, officers found “what is believed to be an active one-pot meth lab” and “drug paraphernalia and items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine,” a police news release said.

Police were assisted by members of the Richland–Iowa–Grant Drug Task Force, the Illinois State Police State Line Area Narcotics Team, Platteville EMS, the Platteville Fire Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. Materials believed to be hazardous were removed from the scene by Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup.

Loken was sentenced to 1 year 10 months in prison after he pleaded no contest to second-offense possession of cocaine in 2012, according to court records. Loken also has previous convictions for manufacture or delivery of marijuana, second-offense possession of marijuana and possession of narcotic drugs in 2010, and forgery — uttering in 2007, according to court records.