Pair nabbed at Wal-mart buying meth ingredients
Nina Zebley, 35, and David Botine, 50,
were charged with making and possessing meth.
Each jailed on $100,000 bond
Storm Lake Police arrested Nina Zebley, 35, of Fort Dodge and David Botine, 50, of Alta on Wednesday as part of a six-month long investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Officers conducting surveillance observed the two travel to Wal-Mart on 1831 N. Lake Ave. and observed them purchasing ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Investigators made contact with the pair in the Wal-Mart parking lot where police say additional items used to manufacture methamphetamine and components of a clandestine methamphetamine lab were located in the vehicle.
The Storm Lake Public Safety Lab Response Team responded to the scene and rendered the clandestine lab safe. During that time, a white powdery substance and a methamphetamine pipe were located in Botine’s vehicle, according to investigators.
The white substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
Storm Lake Police and the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of Botine’s residence at 410 Johnson St. in Alta and found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Police say Zebley and Botine conspired together since April 2013 to obtain ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine and lithium.
Both were charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of precursors (pseudoephedrine) with the intent to manufacture.
Zebley was additionally charged with:
• Possession of precursors (lithium) with intent to manufacture
• Possession of marijuana
• Possession of hydrocodone
• Possession of Vyvance
• Possession of alprazolam
Both subjects were booked into Buena Vista County Jail on a $100,000 bond each.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.