Police: 3 kids taken by state after meth bust

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Police say 3 kids were taken into protective custody and several arrests were made in a meth bust in the Green District of Roseburg Monday night.

Officials with the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team say it started with the seizure of a vehicle at the Poteet boat landing.

Authorities say that seizure led them to obtaining a search warrant at a Green area residence on Rex Street.

Lt. Pat Moore from DINT says about 2/3 of an ounce of methamphetamine was seized during the investigation.

Jennifer Zernicke, 34, was charged with unlawful possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine. Her husband, Jeremy Zernicke, was arrested and charged with a probation violation. Police say both were lodged in the Douglas County Jail.

Authorities say Patrick Simpson, 43, of Roseburg, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on an unrelated theft charge and was cited for frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

Two more people were cited at the scene, according to DINT. Pamela Sandau, 52, of the Green District, was cited for unlawful possession of methamphetamine. An 18-year-old resident was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Three children, ages 1 ½, 3 and 10, were taken into protective custody and turned over to children’s welfare workers from the Department of Human Services, authorities said.

Lt. Moore says more charges are possible as the investigation continues.