A 42-year-old Missoula man who allegedly ran a methamphetamine lab while on probation for a separate felony drug offense was formally charged Monday in Missoula County Justice Court.
According to charging documents, Brian A. Dugan told his probation officer he had cooked meth on at least six occasions between December 2007 and April 2008, when he was arrested for violating the conditions of his probation by entering a casino.
He came clean about the drug operation after his probation officer requested a urine sample. Dugan then disclosed the location of his last meth lab, which he had disassembled and socked away in a black duffel bag in a shed behind his home, records state.
Narcotics detectives who searched the duffel bag found various chemical ingredients used to make methamphetamine, including traces of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient. They also found a plastic garbage bag filled with the refuse of Dugan's last alleged meth operation, records state.
Dugan told detective he had started cooking meth to pay off his girlfriend's gambling debts. He said his last batch had yielded about 10 grams of meth, which he sold for $120 per gram. Dugan said he can produce as much of the drug as he wishes, and is limited only by the amount of pseudoephedrine he can acquire.
Dugan said he conducted his cooks in Frenchtown, Mill Creek and in a quonset hut on McClure Lane.
He remains jailed on two felony drug charges n operating a clandestine drug lab and possessing precursors to dangerous drugs. If convicted, Dugan could face a maximum punishment of 70 years in the Montana State Prison.