Sun City man gets prison for operating meth labs out of his home

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Valley man is heading behind bars for operating two methamphetamine labs out of his Sun City home.

On Thursday, a judge sentenced 30-year-old Lancelot Lipe to 7.5 years in prison.

Lipe had pled guilty to charges of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, and child abuse.

Lipe and his wife, Brenda Lipe, were arrested in April 2012 after Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to their home to arrest Lancelot Lipe for allegedly assaulting a deputy.

Inside the home deputies found two active meth labs within just a few feet of where the couple’s children would play.

In November, Brenda Lipe pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse. She was sentenced in January to three months in jail and three years of probation.