Speeding stop leads to meth lab bust

A South Kitsap man was arrested last week after allegedly speeding through neighborhood streets just north of the Pierce County line with an illegal firearm and virtual meth lab in his truck.

Christopher Brian Laureano, 33, was stopped Dec. 11 by Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies shortly after 8 a.m. on Spruce Road after a deputy and several citizens reported seeing the suspect traveling at speeds reaching 100 mph and almost hitting at least one pedestrian with the large Chevy pickup truck he was driving, according to the incident report.

After locating the truck at a residence near Horseshoe Lake, deputies detained the driver, Laureano, and discovered he had a suspended license and was wanted in Mason County on an assault charge.

His passenger, later identified as 22-year-old Michelle Davis, had an outstanding DUI warrant.

While searching Laureano’s vehicle, deputies found several items used in the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine, including anhydrous tanks, mason jars and tubing, along with a handgun.

When first questioned, the suspect claimed the items were already in the truck that morning when he got the vehicle, which was not his. When the deputies questioned Davis, however, she admitted the items came from their residence, which officers later searched.

Both suspects were then booked into Kitsap County Jail. Laureano was charged with drug possession, unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless driving.

His bail was set at $136,500.

Along with the existing warrant, Davis was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Her bail was set at $50,000.

At his preliminary appearance Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Bob Naon reminded Judge Leonard W. Costello that not only was Laureano due in court already on Monday, Dec. 15, on a previous criminal matter, he had been on the lam since Dec. 9 after taking off before a jury returned to find him guilty on a controlled substance charge.

“The jury was coming in, he didn’t like what he saw, and fled,” Naon said.

On Thursday, Laureano pleaded guilty to a second controlled substance charge from his Dec. 11 arrest, along with firearm charge from a previous incident.

He was scheduled for sentencing soon on all three matters.

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