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Two Women Accused Of Making Meth Inside Church

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 02:49 PM CDT
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Talk about a shocking discovery inside a rural church outside Hillsboro. Even the Montgomery County Undersheriff says he has never seen anything like it before.

Churches are a gathering place for families to worship, mourn and even get married, but two people did the unthinkable at the Waveland Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro.

"We have never seen a meth lab actually inside a church that I know of," said Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins.

But two women tried it anyways. 53 year-old Judith Hemken of Litchfield and 26 year-old Tiffany Burton of Hillsboro were arrested and charged with participation in the manufacturing of meth inside a church.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department received a tip from an area resident.

"He just went in the the Waveland Church, which is in rural Hillsboro just south of town, and 2 females were in there what he believed to be manufacturing methamphetamine," said Undersheriff Robbins.

That resident declined to appear on camera but showed us how the women got inside.

He says they used an unlocked back door, made their way down the stairs, helped themselves to the church stove and began manufacturing meth in a nearby sink. The resident found one of the women pouring the substance down the drain once police were called.

The Montgomery County Undersheriff says they often find meth labs in cemeteries, but say one inside a church shows an addicts desperation.

"It's the same that it has always been with meth. It's a true monster in my opinion and the addiction of meth is one of the strongest drugs that we have ever delt with," said Undersheriff Robbins.

Hemken and Burton remain in the Montgomery County Jail and could face 9 to 40 years in prison if convicted.

Undersheriff Rick Robbins says a state law has stiffer penalties for those who manufacture meth inside a church which is why the women could face up to 40 years in prison.
Two Women Accused Of Making Meth Inside Church

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