A Bonney Lake couple was charged Wednesday with running a methamphetamine lab in the home where they lived with two children.
Not guilty pleas were entered in Pierce County Superior Court on behalf of Rosa Cuevas-Valencia, 37, and Jesus Villagomez-Ledezma, 30, to charges of unlawfully manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of meth with the intent to deliver and illegally possessing four guns.
Court commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Villagomez-Ledezma jailed in lieu of $600,000 bail and Cuevas-Valencia in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Villagomez-Ledezma is in the country illegally, prosecutors said.
Pierce County sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant at the couple’s home Tuesday and discovered multiple pounds of meth, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, $5,000 cash, two pistols, a rifle and a shotgun, prosecutors said.
The two were running a “long-standing operation” out of their kitchen and converted liquid meth to crystal meth, according to charging papers.
Cuevas-Valencia told detectives she knew nothing about the lab and feared her boyfriend, court records show.
Her 8-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son were placed with Child Protective Services and are being tested to see whether they were exposed to drugs.
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