An Anamosa man is facing drug and arson charges after a March house fire in which officers say they found a meth lab.
Police Chief Bob Simonson says an officer stopped a car for speeding on March 28. The woman in the car told the officer she was rushing her husband to the hospital for electrical burns.
After following the couple to Jones Regional Medical Center, the officer returned to where the couple lives, he found the house across the street, 204 Huber Street, with smoke coming from the windows.
While fighting the fire, crews say they found a meth lab inside the home.
Simonson says that was confirmed after an investigation by the State Division of Narcotics Enforcement, State Fire Marshal's Office and Drug Enforcement Administration.
As a result, 39-year-old Michael David Clark was arrested on Friday and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school and second degree arson.
The house, which is owned by Clark's wife Lisa, is within the 1000 ft. of St. Patrick's Parochial Elementary School, according to police.
Police interviewed Clark and say he admitted to making meth in the vacant house for six months.
Clark, who posted a $60,000 cash bond and was released from jail, faces up to 40 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines if convicted.
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