DES MOINES — A Des Moines man who once found and turned in drug-making equipment is now fighting to get his home’s address removed from a registry of one-time meth labs.
Paul Valin was astonished to learn that his 100-year-old home is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Clandestine Laboratory Register. Police removed meth-making products from his home several years earlier after Valin, an avid kayaker, spotted a backpack floating along the Des Moines River. He brought the pack home, opened it and found “tubes and cans of fluid.”
Valin said he worries that he could have trouble selling his house if it’s not removed from the list. A DEA spokesman said the agency will look into the case. — AP
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