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Three in Bozeman arrested for allegedly operating meth lab

Posted at 9:15 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 23:15:01-04

BOZEMAN – Three Bozeman roommates arrested and charged with operating a meth lab appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday morning.

Damon M. Orton, 23, Aaron Orton, 23, and Chelsea Godinez, 21, were each charged with operating a clandestine laboratory, a felony.

According to charging documents, on Friday, June 22, Gallatin County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant after receiving a tip that the three were manufacturing methamphetamine at a house on High Tower Road outside Bozeman.

When interviewed, Godinez reportedly admitted to operating the lab with Damon Orton’s help.

During a search of a bedroom, deputies located chemicals, precursors to dangerous drugs, supplies, and equipment for the criminal production of dangerous drugs. The chemicals included muriatic acid, cold packs, lithium batteries, Coleman fuel, and lye.

Damon Orton and Godinez’ bail was set at $10,000 and Aaron Orton’s was set at $5,000.

Next court appearance for all three is set for July 20, 2018.

Additional reporting by Ken Spencer and David Dyas.