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DL man charged with manufacturing meth

Steven Taylor Wynhoff, 41, of 21031 400th Ave., Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime, manufacturing and felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, possession.

According to court records, on Sept. 3 agents with the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force went to the house he was renting on 400th Avenue on a tip he was making methamphetamines there.

Visible on a couch inside the residence were two coffee filters with a white powdery substance in them. Wynhoff crumpled them up and threw them away to make room for the two agents to sit down. Allegedly, when asked, he eventually admitted it was meth, and it field-tested positive for methamphetamines.

He agreed to let them see the garage, where they allegedly found a gallon of muriatic acid on the floor and glass jars with a clear liquid inside and funnels sitting on top of the jars, along with coffee filters and a hotplate. Tubing was hanging from the rafters, which was hooked to a Mountain Dew bottle.

After he consented to a search of the house, agents allegedly found a quantity of white powder on a glass cake plate, which field-tested positive for meth. Also, they found syringes, glass pipes, razor blades and a plastic gram scale with residue. There was also a surveillance camera connected to a TV in the bedroom, showing the driveway and garage area.

The tubing hooked to the Mountain Dew bottle was tested and showed positive indications for hydrogen chloride gas. In a burn barrel and burn ring, agents found three cans that appeared to be toluene solvent. Wynhoff allegedly admitted burning the cans after they were used to make meth, along with the boxes that contained the pseudo ephedrine pills.

He has prior drug convictions from 1993, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2006, according to court records.

On Oct. 6 District Judge Joe Evans issued a warrant for his arrest.