Two men have been arrested in Vernon County for allegedly making methamphetamine after a "shake and bake" lab for making the illegal drug was found inside a car belonging to one of them, authorities reported.

Ura Gingerich, 22, of Cashton, and Lawrence Ramsey, 48, of Sparta, were arrested Saturday on tentative charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, with "multiple felony drug counts" expected to be filed, the Vernon County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Sheriff John Spears said in the release that a citizen's tip set the wheels in motion to investigate the men.

The "shake and bake" lab to make methamphetamine was found in Gingerich's 1999 Mercury Cougar.

A "shake and bake" meth lab involves putting cold medication and household chemicals into a two-liter plastic bottle and then shaking the bottle to make methamphetamine.

"Gingerich allegedly had been manufacturing and distributing meth for the last four months in Vernon County and the surrounding areas," Spears said in the release. "People should stay alert and be aware of suspicious activities in their neighborhoods, rural or otherwise."

Anyone with more information about the suspects is asked to call the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, 608-637-2123.

 

 

Bill Novak is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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