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Charges of making meth filed against three people in the Fox Valley


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Three people have made their first court appearances on charges they were running a meth lab out of a Grand Chute hotel.

James Parchem, Jason Koski and Karisa Doe were all arrested Thursday at the La Quinta Inn on College Avenue. They're charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

But the court hearing got tense Friday, as Parchem wasn't shy about voicing his disagreement with the charges.

“How the *expletive* and I supposed to do that from jail?” Parchem yelled as he swore at both the prosecutor and court commissioner, according to FOX 11. “I don’t give a *expletive.* Dude wasn’t the one that was doing it, not me. Man!” 

The public defender agreed, telling the court that Parchem and Doe weren't making meth themselves, but just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I don’t see anything listed here tying her directly to anything that was going on,” said attorney Brandt Swardenski.

The prosecutor said, although it looks like Jason Koski headed the operation, both Doe and Parchem were involved. According to the criminal complaint, Doe and Parchem had clothing and other belongings in the hotel room at the La Quinta.

“This was very, very dangerous activity by the defendant in an effort to make something that is very dangerous to the people that use it,” prosecutor Andrew Maier said according to FOX 11.

Maier said investigators found ingredients and equipment to make meth in the hotel room, which was rented in Koski’s name, as well as containers to pack the drug for sale.

The prosecutor said officers also found Koski’s journal, which mentioned making meth in Neenah for the past few months, then moving to the Grand Chute hotel a few days ago.

A fourth person found in the hotel room was also named in the criminal complaint. It’s unclear whether that person, a woman will face any charges.

The court commissioner set bond for the three anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).