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James Davis Hume

Material for a meth lab, 4-year-old child found in Thompson man's home

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A Thompson, N.D., man convicted last year of child neglect was arrested yesterday after sheriff's deputies found items associated with a meth lab in his garage during a probation search, according to a Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department.

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James Davis Hume, 33, was not at home when agents of the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force and deputies with the Sheriff's Department stopped at his home Wednesday morning for a search.

A 14-year-old girl was the only person at home, other than the 4-year-old she was babysitting, the department said. The agents contacted Amanda Lee Rocha, 32, who also lived at the house, and requested she come home.

During the search, agents found meth-related items in the garage. They also learned from local drug stores that over the course of about eight months, Rocha and Hume purchasedg large amounts of pseudoephedrine containing cold medicine, the main ingredient in manufacturing meth, according to the department.

The children were placed in the custody of Grand Forks County Social Services, and Rocha was arrested for child neglect and booked into the county jail.

Lt. BJ Maxson of the Sheriff's Department said that she was cooperative.

Officers arrested Hume later that day under suspicion of manufacturing meth, child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff's Deparment.

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