February 25, 2013

A Sac City couple were arrested last week for allegedly making methamphetamine in a house where they lived with their three children.

Rainbow Kamila Pattison, 31, and Dustin Douglas Daggett, 30, face four felony charges after police officers and sheriff's deputies searched their house at 107 N. Seventh St. on Wednesday and found at least 50 plastic bottles that had been used to make the drug, Sac City Police Chief John Thomsen said.

Pattison and Daggett were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine - which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison - and three counts of neglect of a dependent person - each of which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

They allegedly admitted to the crimes, according to court records, and Daggett said "he was the cook."

Meth makers can combine certain cold medicines and other ingredients in a plastic bottle to manufacture the drug, but the so-called "shake and bake" process can be dangerous - the contents of the bottle can explode.

Court records show that Pattison and Daggett lived in the house with two girls and a boy ages 5, 7 and 14.

Thomsen said the search and arrests were the result of a monthlong investigation. He declined to give further details about that investigation.

But court records show that Pattison and Daggett bought medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, which is used to make methamphetamine, at least 30 times from a Walgreens in Storm Lake over the course of about two years, most recently on Feb. 2.

Pseudoephedrine sales are tracked with an electronic database that has been used in Iowa since 2010 and is a tool that law officers use to find meth makers.

Daggett and Pattison were both charged on Saturday with felonies for buying the pseudoephedrine in Storm Lake to make meth.

Investigators found meth ingredients in a backpack in the basement of the house during last week's search, court records show. They found plastic soda and Gatorade bottles used to make the drug in the basement and attic of the house and in a nearby shed.

Investigators also found a water bong and several other devices used to smoke marijuana and charged Pattison and Daggett with possession of drug paraphernalia.

They are held in the Sac County jail.

Court documents did not show where the children are now living.