Alleged meth lab busted across street from Northfield School

NORTHFIELD — Police arrested six people yesterday morning in a methamphetamine drug raid that triggered a 30-minute lock down of a nearby elementary school.

Union Elementary School, which sits directly across the street from the 14-unit apartment building, was locked down from 9 to 9:30 a.m., during the actual raid.

"We were prepared to evacuate the school if we had needed to," said Northfield Police Sergeant Jennifer Adams.

Arrested and charged with with one count each of conspiracy to produce methamphetamine and one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine were Jason Buckley, 36, Janell Dubriell, 25, Amanda Warner, 27, and Brian Bateman, 25, all of 6 Elm Street and Joseph Cole, 24, of Boscawen. Anthony Ottati, 23, of West Street in Tilton was charged with one felony count of criminal liability for the conduct of another.

Adams said the investigation began on December 31 when the Northfield Police received information from a concerned citizen about suspicious activity in the building. She said Tilton Police had also gotten similar reports.

She said there was also information that a child was being potentially exposed to the meth-making process. Warner has also been charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Adams said officers from Northfield, Tilton, Franklin, Belmont, Sanbornton, the Merrimack and Belknap County Sheriffs' Offices as well as the N.H. Clandestine Drug Unit and the federal DEA conducted the raid.

Police timed the raid such that the minor child was out of the home before police entered.

Adams said no one was injured and none of the six people arrested yesterday put up any kind of resistance.

Evidence seized in the raid included items used to manufacture methamphetamine. When asked if any other drugs or weapons were seized, Adams said that to the best of her knowledge there were not.

Winnisquam Regional School District Superintendent Tammy Davis said that top level administrators were notified about the raid and knew ahead of time that the Union School campus was to be secured.

Once the raid was over, she said the district sent e-mails to building administrators and school board members telling them what happened. She said building administrators made phone calls to all of the parents of the children who were in the Union School yesterday.

Adams said the investigation continues and additional charges against the six people who arrested may be forthcoming. She said all refused bail and are scheduled to appear in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division today.