Family arrested in Lebanon meth bust

Posted: 14th June 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Four family members were arrested in connection with manufacturing methamphetamine in Lebanon yesterday.

The arrests are a result of a two-month-long investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in the Lebanon area. Investigators say they expect more arrests to follow as the investigation progresses. Police report that the Hamilton/Boone Drug Task Force found remnants of an ongoing methamphetamine manufacturing operation and a few grams of the drug itself in the 800 block of King St. and the 700 block of W. Main St. Aaron Dietz, a major in the task force, said the operation was small. The lab appeared to be used once or twice a week, he said. Gregory Cline, 45, his wife Tracy Cline, 31, both of King St. were arrested, as well as Gregory’s brother David Cline, 50, and his live-in girlfriend Kimberly George, 46, of Main St. All were preliminarily charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of precursors, and possession of paraphernalia, according to police officials. Gregory and Tracy Cline were also charged with another felony for neglect of a dependent because drugs were found on the premises. Their 9-year-old child was released to another relative and Child Protective Services was called. George was also served with a civil body attachment warrant. All suspects were transported to the Boone County Jail were they are each being held on $50,000 bond. “Meth has been a problem for several years,” Dietz said. It’s more of a problem in Boone County than Hamilton, he said. Meth production is more prevalent in rural areas, he said, because it’s easier for the signs of production to go unnoticed. Another reason police have found many users choose to manufacture their own is because it’s cheaper than buying the drug on the street. The task force has busted at least 10 meth labs this year, Dietz said.


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