Dispute call ends in arrests on drug lab

February 23, 2002



BRAWLEY — What started as a request by a resident here for police assistance in helping settle a few marital issues ended with the caller and her common-law husband being booked into the county jail on charges of operating a methamphetamine laboratory at their home.

According to arresting officer Sgt. Mark Gillmore of the Brawley Police Department, Tillie Lomoe, 38, of Brawley called police around 3:30 p.m. Friday to ask for an officer to help counsel her and her common-law husband, 38-year-old Stephen Stone. The couple reside at 673 S. Rio Vista.

In a telephone interview Saturday, Gillmore said he responded to the call and while talking with Lomoe, observed paraphernalia that led him to suspect the occupants were involved in the manufacture of drugs.


Members of the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force were called to the address and the two occupants were arrested and booked into county jail.

The county hazardous materials team responded and secured large containers of hazardous chemicals found at the scene.

A Department of Justice chemist from Riverside responded to the scene as well and the process of securing all the hazardous chemicals was not finished until shortly before midnight, according to Gillmore.

Gillmore said a 5-year-old child found at the scene was removed from the house by Child Protective Services.

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