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Man wanted in meth case arrested after manhunt

  • Associated Press
  • January 17, 2014 - 1:20 PM

MERRILL, Wis. — A man who sheriff's officials believe is connected to widespread methamphetamine manufacturing has been arrested in Milwaukee after 8 months on the run.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department called Christopher Meindel, 37, one of its "most wanted" fugitives after he slipped out of his ankle monitor last May and disappeared. Deputies issued a statewide alert for Meindel, of Merrill, who they said was armed and had threatened police.

Meindel was arrested Thursday at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee. Officers searched Meindel, who refused to identify himself, and found several "edged weapons," two airsoft handguns that closely resembled firearms and methamphetamine, according to sheriff's officials. Meindel was identified through fingerprints taken at the West Milwaukee Police station, the Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/19zOlQu ) reported.

He's facing a long list of charges in Lincoln County, including manufacturing methamphetamine. Court records do not list a new attorney for Meindel's after his lawyer was withdrawn from the case last September.

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