Mannford Police: Three Young Brothers Helped Father Make Meth
MANNFORD, Oklahoma -- A 39-year-old Mannford man remains in the Creek County jail, accused of using his three sons to help manufacture meth.
Mannford Police searched Michael Hagar's home late Wednesday night after getting a tip and say they found a working meth lab and meth products.
"They had just got finished cooking when we arrived," said Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller.
Hagar's three sons, ages 10, 14 and 17, were turned over to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Hagar was one of four people arrested on complaints of endeavoring to manufacture of meth, child endangerment and possession of meth.
Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller says he isn't surprised drug task force investigators found a meth lab at Hagar's home southwest of town in Creek County, or that they found meth in Hagar's car when they pulled him over to arrest him.
Miller says Hagar rewarded his three sons with meth and marijuana when they helped him cook meth in his home. Miller says all three sons told officers they helped their father cook methamphetamine.
Miller said officers were "blown away" to learn even the 10-year-old boy had helped manufacture meth. He said the officers just stood there with their mouths open.
"Having your kids involved in help you do that stuff, it's just really upsetting," Miller said.
Miller says the two older sons tested positive for meth and marijuana. The 10-year-old said he had just smoked some marijuana but had not used meth for about a week.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the 10-year-old told police, "I help daddy the most by shaking the bottles and after we get done daddy puts the powder in a glass tube and holds a lighter under the tube while I suck on the tube."
"They didn't feel like it was wrong, it's just how they were brought up and it's an activity that they do, and it really wasn't out of the ordinary to them," Miller said.
Hagar told police he's been making meth for about a year and usually "cooks" meth 4 or 5 times a week.
He told police that he has let his sons help him cook meth on several occasions, but that "he only lets them shake the bottles."
"Ride horses, go fishing. That's good bonding father, son activities, Cooking methamphetamines is really not," Miller said.
Hagar was arraigned on the charges Friday. Total bond for Hagar is $230,000. Three other people were arrested at Hagars home on drug and child endangerment complaints.