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      Repeat offenders found with crystal meth

      Sheriffâ??s Deputies have arrested Francis Craig after finding crystal methamphetamine, suspected synthetic controlled substances and several illegal prescription drugs in his home on Route HH in Dixon.
      Three repeat offenders were busted in Maries County after authorities found narcotics and stolen property in their home. 56-year-old Francis Craig, 42-year-old Robert Gibbons and 23-year-old Amy Copeland were taken into custody Wednesday morning. Maries County Sheriff deputies and members from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group found what they said was a substantial amount of crystal methamphetamine, suspected synthetic controlled substances, several illegal prescription drugs, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia in their home on Route HH in Dixon. Maries County Sheriff, Chris Heitman said Several of the items were packaged in a manner that is commonly used to sell narcotics. While they were at the home authorities said they found numerous items used in the distribution of controlled substances along with suspected stolen property. Craig has been convicted of numerous felonies. Both Gibbons and Copeland are currently out on probation for manufacturing of methamphetamine. The two were arrested in June of 2011 after police investigated a string of thefts and possible narcotics violations in the Dixon area. A photo of some of the suspected stolen property is pictured above and on the Maries County Sheriff's Facebook page. The Sheriff's department is asking for the public help to identify the owners.