Three area residents arrested Sunday found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time -- the middle of a methamphetamine lab bust.
What started out as one arrest mushroomed into three more for the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit, Douglas County Undersheriff Kenny Massey said.
Massey said investigators were busy dealing with the meth lab Kevin Allen Fulcher was operating in an outbuilding at 980 N. Eighth when Robert Harrison Williamson Jr., a 33-year-old Lawrence resident, pulled up with Carla Irene Faulk, 40, Eudora.
Authorities arrested Williamson for possession with intent to sell crack cocaine and transporting an open container and Faulk for possession of crack.
But that wasn't the end.
Williamson's cellular phone rang during the investigation, and William Jon Seger of Ozawkie ordered a $20 rock of crack.
An undercover officer met Seger at Chris's Fresh Market Place, a closed grocery store in North Lawrence, gave him a rock and arrested him.
Authorities booked Fulcher, a 38-year-old transient, at 7:39 p.m. Sunday into the Douglas County Jail, Williamson at 9:03 p.m. and Faulk at 9:30 p.m. All three have been released from jail.
The drug unit also was busy Friday night, arresting James Read, 21, in the 800 block of Crestline for possession of marijuana, no tax stamp, and felony and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
Investigators also nabbed Tony Rendall Turner, who pulled up to Read's house, for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and for a probable cause warrant. Read and Turner also are no longer in jail.
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