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Wanted felon linked to major drug investigation

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Despite dozens of tips, a wanted felon from Merrill is still on the run.

Now, we're learning more from Lincoln County Sheriff's officials about his possible connection to more than 40 drug sites.

Christopher Meindel, 36, is wanted for bail jumping. But officers told Newsline 9 they want to talk to him for a bigger reason.

Last month, Lincoln County Sheriff's officials found 46 meth labs on private property in the Town of Corning, a rural part of the county.

"That is a big number and methamphetamine has been a big problem in the Northwoods for a very, very long time," said Lt. Tim Fischer.

Fischer added that they have some idea who is responsible.

"Right now, the only name that we have is Chris Meindel," he said.

Meindel, who is from Merrill, has already been charged in connection with another meth site located close to the meth labs found last month off Tower Road in the Town of Corning.

But now, Meindel is on the run. Officers said he ran away from his probationer's office last month after he was asked to take a drug test.

"One person can run a lab. One person can run several labs," said Lt. Fischer. "A meth lab site can be anything from the trunk of a car to something the size of a kiddie swimming pool."

Lt. Fischer added that evidence of meth was found at each drug site off Tower Road.

"You don't need a lot of room to manufacture this drug so people will do it in any number of places," said Lt. Fischer.

Lincoln County authorities believe Meindel is in the Wausau area.

"Is he currently manufacturing? We don't know," said Lt. Fischer.

Christopher Meindel has not been charged in connection to the 46 meth labs found in May, but he does face other charges related to methamphetamine. He scheduled to head to trial on those in November.

If you have any information about Meindel, you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 715-536-6272. Sheriff's officials say Meindel should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, do not approach him.

 

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