Cedar Rapids police find mobile meth lab, long knives in SUV

Both men were awaiting trials on other drug charges

Dwayne Belton and Daniel O'Hare
Dwayne Belton and Daniel O'Hare

Two men were arrested after police discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab and two long knives in their vehicle Monday morning.

Dwayne P. Belton, 57, and Daniel J. O'Hare, 30, both of Cedar Rapids, both face drug charges after police stopped a sport-utility vehicle for a problem with a brake light around 2:40 a.m. in the 100 block of 15th Street NW. Police said Belton, the driver, immediately became agitated when the officer and the two men later gave conflicting stories about where they were headed.

Sgt. Denni Randall, a police spokeswoman, said a drug-sniffing dog was called to the scene due to the conflicting stories and Belton and O'Hare's previous drug histories. A search of the SUV turned up a mobile meth lab, ingredients used to make meth, two knives with blades longer than 12 inches and marijuana, according to the police report. Belton also had two marijuana pipes in his possession, police said.

Belton was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon (knife), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts. O'Hare was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. They were taken to the Linn County Jail.Both men were already awaiting trials on other drug charges filed earlier this year.

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