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Police: Three children in protective custody after Eldridge meth lab bust

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Police say they took three children into protective custody during the bust at an active methamphetamine lab in Eldridge, Iowa.

Eldridge Police said Thursday morning, August 28, 2014, they got a warrant to search the home after they were initially sent to investigate a report of suspicious activity at a home in the 300 block of North 9th Street.

Nolan Dufloth, 33, and 24-year-old Benjamin Meyers were arrested and each  charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Police said they also charged the men with three counts each of child endangerment.  Three children - ages two, seven and 10 years old - were found inside when the house was searched.  The children were placed in the care of the Department of Human Services, police said.

"I'm just in shock about the whole thing," said Alyssa Ruggles, who lives across the street from the house, "I've got kids. My kids have played with their kids, and it could blow up, you could blow up the whole neighborhood."

Eldridge Police Chief David Kopatich later said they have also arrested the mom of those children.  Amber Dufloth, 27, of Lost Nation, Iowa was charged with one count of possession pf pseudoephedrine and three counts of child endangerment, Kopatich said.

Amber Dufloth was held in the Scott County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Nolan Dufloth and Meyers were each held in the Scott County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.