Search for gun turns up Washougal meth lab

Search for gun turns up Washougal meth lab

Credit: Skamania Co. Sheriff's Office

Search for gun turns up Washougal meth lab

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 15 at 2:01 PM

WASHOUGAL, Wash. -- After a Washougal woman was nearly hit by a stray bullet, deputies searching a nearby home for a gun found a meth lab inside, police said.

Police were called March 7 to a Washougal home where a 22-year-old woman reported hearing a gun shot outside as she slept, according to Jacqueline Garrity of the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators found that a bullet had entered the woman's home and hit her headboard, inches from her head. Deputies obtained a search warrant for a nearby home, in the 400 block of Harder Road, Garrity said.

During the search investigators found nine guns and concluded that a small-scale meth lab was being operated out of the home.

"It was quite a surprise for the deputies when they were searching for a firearm and found a meth lab," Garrity told KGW. "And nine firearms were recovered by police."

George Taylor, 48, was charged Wednesday with reckless endangerment, for unsafe target practice outside the victim's home. He was also charged with methamphetamine possession and false reporting and lodged in the Skamania County Jail.

Garrity said target practice is not illegal in the area, as long as it's done in a safe manner.

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