Six people were arrested after police investigated a string of recent thefts and possible narcotics violations in the Dixon area.
The Maries County Sheriff's Department and the Lake Area Narcotics Unit conducted a search of a home on Highway HH in Dixon Wednesday night.
At the house, deputies said they found a large scale meth lab, rifles and a hand gun.
34-year-old Rodney Templeton, of Dixon, was charged with manufacture with intent do deliver/sell drug paraphernalia.
50-year-old Dennis Lawson, of Dixon, was charged with manufacture with intent to deliver/sell drug paraphernalia.
33-year-old Bobbi Jo Martin, of Licking, was charged with manufacture with intent to deliver/sell drug paraphernalia.
19-year-old Amy Copeland, of Dixon, was charged with manufacture/attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.
The homeowner, 41-year-old Robert Gibbons, was charged with manufacture/attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.
"It is often a trend, while following up on thefts or burglaries inside the county to find drug violations. Typically, most individuals who steal do so to support their drug habits. Although, we may not always be able to recover stolen property we may be able to charge them with the drug violations, a Maries County law enforcement official said.
Anyone with drug information should contact the Maries County Sheriff's Office at 573-422-3381.