BPD: Three operating meth labs

Posted: 20th September 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Multiple-count indictments were returned against three Blanchester residents who allegedly operated methamphetamine laboratories in the village — one on East Main Street and the other on Broadway Street, said Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

Indicted were Kecia Shaffer, 44, and Rick Williams, 55, both of 609 E. Main St., Blanchester, and Perry W. Hollon, 55, of 107 N. Broadway St., Apt. 5, Blanchester.

Kecia Shaffer
Kecia Shaffer
Ricky Williams
Ricky Williams 

Shaffer and Hollon have both been arrested, but Williams remained at large early Wednesday night, Reinbolt said.

Blanchester police began receiving tips from citizens regarding suspected drug activity at 609 E. Main St., Blanchester, in early February. Reinbolt said the police department obtained enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for the residence. The warrant was served Feb. 29 by Blanchester police and deputies from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. A methamphetamine laboratory was discovered inside the house, Reinbolt said.

“Evidence was gathered from the scene by police and agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI),” the police chief said. “That evidence was submitted to the Ohio BCI laboratory in London for examination and analysis. In mid-summer the results of that examination were received by the police department and the case was forwarded to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for his review,” Reinbolt said.

A Clinton County grand jury returned indictments against Williams and Shaffer on Sept. 10. Shaffer rented and resided at the Main Street house, which was also occupied by Williams at the time, Reinbolt said.

Shaffer and Williams were each indicted on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of drugs, also a third-degree felony.

The endangering children charges were lodged against Shaffer and Williams after they allegedly engaged in the manufacture of methamphetamine in the residence while a child was present in February 2012, Reinbolt said.

Shaffer was arrested by Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies in rural Clinton County on Sept. 13. She remains incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail.

Williams has prior convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine.

He added that a hang-up 911 call led police to the second methamphetamine lab, at 107 N. Broadway St., Apt. 5. Blanchester police responded to the 911 call on Saturday, April 21.

“Two women were found engaged in a verbal dispute at Apt. 5,” Reinbolt said, and Perry Hollon was found to be the tenant in the apartment.

“During the course of his inquiries, the responding officer saw the components of a methamphetamine laboratory inside the apartment,” Reinbolt said. “The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) was contacted for assistance in neutralizing the laboratory components.”

The materials seized at the residence were taken to the BCI crime lab in London for analysis. After receiving the results, Blanchester police turned the case over to the Clinton County prosecutor’s office which presented it to a recent grand jury which returned three felony indictments against Hollon, Reinbolt said.

Hollon was indicted for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.






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