Meth lab discovered in Darien

Residents arrested, face felony charges

Police busted a meth lab and arrested its suspected operators in Darien on Tuesday morning.

Deputies from the Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit and officers from the City of Delavan Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration and Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant an apartment at 37 First St. in Darien for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.

The residents of the apartment – Heather Opper, 27, and Joshua Kieckhefer, 32, were arrested.

Opper was arrested on a traffic stop and Kieckhefer was taken into custody without incident at the apartment. The state Drug Enforcement Agency Clandestine Lab Response Team processed the apartment, and the Darien Fire Department was dispatched to the address for decontamination.

Opper and Kieckhefer were confined in the Walworth County Jail and face charges of manufacturing of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; two counts each of child neglect and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child under 14 years old; and possession of waste from manufacturing of methamphetamine. Opper also faces a charge of felony bail jump.


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