A 37-year-old Mankato man was busted with a basement meth lab after Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Deputies served an order for protection barring him from being within 100 feet of a home in the county.
Deputies say Zakary Rudenick was at that address when they served the order on Saturday, and he was allowed to gather a few things and was escorted out. However, the victim, called police the following day because she believed he’d been back in the house, noting that several things were out of place and the back door was open.
Investigators discovered a burner and Mason jars in the basement that tested positive for meth as well as marijuana, and then followed footprints in the snow that led from the house to Rudenick’s car. They couldn’t locate him, however, and left the scene.
About 20 minutes later the victim called 9-1-1 to report that she could hear someone walking in the attic, and deputies arrested Rudenick there. The criminal complaint shows that he had meth and a glass pipe in his pocket.
He also said during questioning that he’s been buying up pseudoephedrine for a couple of years in order to make the meth. He claimed he dumped the material from the lab at a hazardous waste drop-off location.
Rudenick is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession the chemicals and equipment to do so, marijuana possession, and violating an order for protection.