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Two Marion County men arrested for involvement in meth lab

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Two Belleview men were arrested Wednesday in connection with methamphetamine trafficking, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office release.

Israel Zachariah Smith, 21, and Bruce E. Dutton, 40, were arrested after the Marion County Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team responded to a tip about a possible meth lab located at 7816 County Road 25, Unit #1.

According to the release, when deputies arrived they found Smith, who was wanted on a warrant. While searching the home, officers heard someone in a bathroom.

After the person refused to open the door, authorities managed to enter the room, identifying the man as Dutton.

During conversations with the suspects, detectives learned of and acquired a black backpack from inside the home that contained an active meth lab.

Smith faces charges for trafficking meth, violating probation, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dutton faces charges for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting without violence.

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