Salem sees 2nd meth case in a week

Posted: 13th August 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Though in different areas of the city, police found evidence in both cases by going through trash outside the houses.

For the second time in a week, Salem police discovered evidence of a methamphetamine-making operation in a city neighborhood, and this time they found a small cache of guns, too.

Anthony Jay Reynolds

Anthony Jay Reynolds


Investigators arrested Anthony Jay Reynolds, 46, of Salem on July 31 on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm with a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, according to a police news release.

The arrest followed the execution of a search warrant on a small, brick ranch house in the 1900 block of Burma Road, near Wildwood Road in the western part of the city. Police found no active meth lab in the house when they arrested Reynolds.

Similar to the discovery of a meth lab in the upscale Hidden Valley Forest neighborhood earlier the same week, police began investigating after complaints of possible “drug activity” at the house, according to a search warrant affidavit in the case. And again, police found evidence of drug use by going through trash outside the house.

In the Burma Road case, an investigator found burnt tin foil, which the affidavit noted is commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, along with a broken glass smoking device. A field test of residue on the items confirmed it was methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Using the search warrant, police collected smoking devices, scales, lithium batteries, which are a common meth-making material, two “baggies of a white crystal substance,” a “baggie of green plant material,” surveillance equipment, nine guns and assorted ammunition, the search inventory shows.

Just four days earlier, police searched a $300,000 home in the 100 block of Forest Drive and discovered materials common to meth production. They arrested Timothy Lynn Harris, 22, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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