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DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. -- The 34-year-old sister of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre faces drug charges after she was arrested Wednesday in a raid on a Mississippi condo where people were making crystal methamphetamine, authorities said.

Brandi Favre was among five people arrested in the Diamondhead bust and was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and generating hazardous waste, said Hancock County Sheriff's Maj. Matt Karl.

"She happened to be there and she was arrested along with the others," Karl said.Two of the other suspects face the same charges as Favre. The other two were charged with sale of a controlled substance. And one of them also faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The four other suspects ranged in age from 25 to 53.

About nine grams of the drug -- worth about $1,000 -- was recovered and hazardous materials teams had to clear the condo, Karl said.

Brandi Favre was in custody and has an initial court appearance scheduled Thursday morning.

A message left for Brett Favre's agent James "Bus" Cook wasn't immediately returned.

The arrest was first reported by WLOX-TV in Biloxi.

It is not the first time Brandi Favre has been in trouble with the law.

In 1999, Favre, her sister-in-law and another woman were booked with felony shoplifting. In 1996, she was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a drive-by shooting at a motel in Slidell, La. At the time she was a student at Southern Mississippi, where Brett Favre played.

She completed a program in Louisiana that allowed her criminal charges to be erased.

Karl said officers are "very familiar" with Favre. "She's always in trouble," he said.

Karl said such drug operations had slowed to almost a trickle -- from 108 a month about two years ago to 6 to 8 last year -- since the enactment of a law requiring a prescription for cold and sinus medicine containing pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients used to make crystal meth. Criminals are now traveling across state lines to nearby St. Tammany Parish, La., to buy the pseudoephedrine and bring it back to Mississippi, he said.

Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed against Brett Favre and the New York Jets by two massage therapists.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole contend in a lawsuit filedMonday they were subjected to sexual harassment and jobdiscrimination.

They are seeking unspecified damages from Favre,the Jets and a team massage coordinator, saying they lost theirpart-time jobs after complaining about sexually suggestive textmessages from the 41-year-old quarterback while he was with theteam in 2008.

"Unfortunately, the plaintiffs never reported the allegationsto the Jets, either during or after the conclusion of their work,"the team said in a statement Tuesday.

"The case against the Jetsis completely without merit, and we look forward to defending thematter in court, where we are confident that the Jets willprevail."

Favre's agent, Bus Cook, didn't immediately return a telephonemessage.

The lawsuit is the latest controversy for the Jets (11-5) in aturbulent, winning season. They play the Colts (10-6) atIndianapolis on Saturday night in the opening playoff round.

While the women don't say they received any messages directlyfrom Favre, the quarterback referred to Scavo in a messageproposing a meeting with her and a third, unidentified massagetherapist, the lawsuit says.

"Kinda lonely tonight," he added in a subsequent message tothe third masseuse, the lawsuit said. "I guess I have badintentions."

The lawsuit came five days after the NFL fined Favre, now withthe Minnesota Vikings, $50,000 for not being forthright in aninvestigation into allegations that he sent lewd text messages andphotos to former Jets game hostess Jenn Sterger when they bothworked for the team.

The league's investigation lasted months as the three-time MVPstaggered through his 20th NFL season.

Favre's consecutive startsstreak ended at 297 in December and he sat out the Vikings' finalgame, a loss to Detroit on Sunday. Afterward he said he's retiring- for good, this time.

The team was fined $100,000 by the NFL last week for violatingleague rules when assistant coach Sal Alosi ordered players to forma sideline wall, then tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll during a puntreturn in December. Special teams coach Mike Westhoff accused otherteams of employing similar sideline wall tactics.

An embarrassed coach Rex Ryan has had to answer questions abouta foot-fetish report posted by the sports website Deadspin a fewweeks ago, saying repeatedly it's a "personal matter."

He has also been criticized for his foul language on HBO's "Hard Knocks"during the summer and was fined $50,000 by the team last Januaryfor his obscene gesture toward a fan during a mixed-martial artscompetition in Florida.

There was also the NFL's investigation in September after areporter for TV Azteca said she felt uncomfortable in the team'slocker room. The NFL then developed a workplace conduct program,underwritten by Jets owner Woody Johnson.

A few weeks later, wide receiver Braylon Edwards was arrestedand charged with drunken driving, a case that is pending.

During its investigation of the Sterger situation, the NFLreviewed media reports that Favre pursued two massage therapistswho worked at the Jets' facility in 2008.

But, the league said thatclaim could not be substantiated because people with "potentiallyrelevant information" wouldn't cooperate with investigators.

O'Toole's and Scavo's lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said he toldinvestigators about the information his clients had.

The two women worked for years at the Jets' training camp inHempstead, N.Y. - the team now is headquartered in Florham Park -and for various players individually, sometimes giving massages atplayers' homes, according to the suit. O'Toole brought Scavo intothe Jets fold, Jaroslawicz said.

After Scavo and an unidentified colleague gave massages at thetraining camp in 2008, Favre sent the colleague a text messagesaying, "Brett here you and crissy want to get together I'm allalone," the lawsuit said.

Jaroslawicz declined to identify the massage therapist whoallegedly received the messages.

Scavo told her husband, Joseph, about the messages. He toldFavre to back off and apologize, according to the lawsuit. Thehusband got a brush-off from Favre, and his wife and O'Toole gotblackballed by the team, the lawsuit contends.

The Jets stopped calling the women for work, initially offeringsuch excuses as having moved the training camp, Jaroslawicz said.

After the allegations about Favre and the masseuses surfaced,the team's massage coordinator, Lisa Ripi, sent Scavo emailsreferring to Favre as a "pervert" but criticizing Scavo for nothaving keeping the matter quiet, the lawsuit says.

Meanwhile, Ripi told O'Toole to "keep your mouth shut" anddeclared that neither O'Toole nor Scavo would work for the teamagain, the lawsuit says.

Jaroslawicz said his clients held off on suing while awaitingthe results of the NFL investigation, but they decided to proceedafter the inquiry ended in what they saw as a token fine.

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