DTF nabs 1 at Hixon Lane

Published 12:03 am Friday, May 31, 2013

Drug Task Force agents took down another meth lab Thursday – sending one River Falls man to jail.

Agents surrounded the singlewide trailer on Hixon Lane just after 3 p.m. and took Thomas H. Morrow, 29, into custody on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and felony possession charges.

DTF Agent Dave Harrell said Morrow first came across the agency’s radar several weeks ago when River Falls Police Chief Greg Jackson was told Morrow might be involved in making meth.

Their suspicious were confirmed after a search of the home revealed all the necessary components of a “shake-n-bake” – or one-pot method – meth lab. Agents also located two rifles and a muzzleloader within an arm’s reach of the meth lab location, Harrell said.

“I tell people nowadays that when the DTF gets involved in things it’s the lowest low for a person,” he said. “As agents, we’re no longer fighting crime. We’re fighting to save people’s lives. So, I hope that by us being here today, we saved at least one life.”

Harrell couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case, as it remains under investigation by multiple agencies.

He did say agents do know that Morrow wasn’t the person purchasing the pseudoephederine pills used to manufacture meth.

“If we can prove who did purchase the pills, I can definitely say there will be more arrests made in this case,” Harrell said. “It’s like building a brick wall, one layer at a time. Eventually, you will get to the top, and it always leads to someone else. This investigation will continue, and I fell like there will be more arrests to come.”

Morrow is currently being held in the Covington County Jail without bond.