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Published May 22, 2012, 07:17 PM

Newfolden, MN, Man Accused of Trying to Make Meth Lab

A Newfolden, Minn., man is accused of trying to build a “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab in an old garage at his employer’s home in rural Viking, Minn.

By: Forum Communications,

A Newfolden, Minn., man is accused of trying to build a “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab in an old garage at his employer’s home in rural Viking, Minn.

Jesse James Donarski, 19, faces one count of first degree attempt to manufacture meth, and three counts of possession of substances with the intent to manufacture meth in state District Court in Warren, Minn.

He had been staying temporarily in the home of Ryan Knutson and Knutson’s wife. Knutson employed him picking up and disposing of junked cars. On May 10, according to a criminal complaint, Knutson told deputies that his wife had gone into the garage on their property and found what she believed to be a meth lab.

Donarski told deputies he made the lab and everything in the garage was his, said the complaint, which was filed May 15. He also told deputies he planned to sell the meth and not use it.

Inside the garage, deputies found Coleman fuel, a lithium battery, cold packs, tin foil and a plastic bottle with two tubes, all consistent with making “shake and bake” meth.

The sheriff’s department checked records at the Warren pharmacy and found that Donarski had twice bought a 24-pack of pills that include pseudoephedrine, another key meth ingredient.

The “shake and bake” method involves combining elements in a container and slowly releasing pressure and cooling the container.

First degree attempting to manufacture meth is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Possession of substances with the intent to manufacture meth is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Donarski’s case is set for pretrial on June 5.

This article is from the Grand Forks Herald, owner by Forum Communications, which also owns WDAZ-TV

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