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Publish Date: 10/8/2005

Three arrested in meth case


LONGMONT — A Longmont man awaiting sentencing in an animal cruelty case was arrested Friday morning in connection with a suspected meth distribution operation, along with his pregnant girlfriend and the couple’s new roommate, police said.

Perry McNeece, 44, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, though Longmont police investigators say he was working along with Lenoir Menzes, 48, and Tina Wolf, 39, to distribute methamphetamine in the city.

The two women were also arrested, according to Sgt. Tim Lewis, who heads up the department’s Special Enforcement Unit.

Investigators converged on the trio’s home at 1041 Pratt St. at 4 a.m. Friday, armed with a search warrant. Inside, they found meth and drug distribution equipment, Lewis said.

“All of the distribution materials ... several scales and lots of baggies — were found in Lenoir’s room,” he said.

Additionally, Lewis said, investigators found nearly a pound of pseudoephedrine — an over-the-counter medicine often used in the manufacture of meth — inside a safe in Menzes’ bedroom.

“That’s the only reason that was there,” he said of the medicine.

With that amount of pseudoephedrine, Lewis said, someone could cook between a quarter-ounce and a half-ounce of meth, which would have a value of around $3,200 on the street.

He said police have had run-ins with all three suspects in the past.

McNeece pleaded guilty in May to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after police said he threw a puppy against a wall in September 2004, breaking the dog’s leg.

Tina Wolf later told the Times-Call that McNeece was just reacting to the dog’s biting him.

According to court records, Menzes faced public indecency charges in 2001 that were later dropped. She pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in 2004.

Wolf previously faced trespass charges, according to court records.

Lewis said that McNeece, Menzes and Wolf just recently moved into the house and that it was in disarray.

“There were boxes everywhere. They were still unpacking,” he said.

The three were taken to Boulder County Jail, but each posted bond Friday afternoon, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Attempts to reach them for comment Friday night were unsuccessful.

Menzes is facing possible charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of precursor chemicals and multiple counts of possession of illegal drugs.

Wolf, who is eight months pregnant, is facing meth possession charges.

Amanda Arthur can be reached at 303-684-5215, or by e-mail at aarthur@times-call.com.

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