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LOGAN – A report of an illegal dump site on Sam’s Creek Road and a receipt for the purchase of pseudoephedrine led to the arrest of a Laurelville man Monday night on drug-related charges.

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Hocking County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the illegal dump site just off state Route 56 and responded to the scene of what they believed to be components of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit and Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit also responded to the scene and confirmed the items to be from a methamphetamine laboratory.

A total of three one-pot methamphetamine manufacturing reaction vessels, nine HCL acid gas generators, and numerous other components were located and neutralized, according to HCSO.

Further investigation and the discovery of a receipt located at the scene led MCU and SIU detectives to a Laurelville residence belonging to Mark E. Shively, who was arrested and transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.


At the residence, detectives uncovered a very large methamphetamine manufacturing and narcotics distribution operation that was allegedly being operated by Shively.

Over 150 baggies of methamphetamine, most of which were weighed out and packaged for sale, were found during the search, as well as a large amount of liquid methamphetamine and some crack cocaine.

Shively also was allegedly cultivating marijuana inside the residence and detectives located and seized a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale.

Also seized were numerous firearms, including an illegal sawed-off shotgun, and $572 in currency. Detectives also located bank records that indicate that Shively has a large sum of money in his bank accounts. Due to the fact that Shively is receiving disability and has no means for the amount of money in the bank account, detectives placed a hold on all of his accounts for possible forfeiture.

Numerous tips had been received about Mr. Shively selling narcotics, however, we were unaware that he was manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on a scale this large,” said Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North. “After last night’s operation, we feel that we have shut down one of the areas largest methamphetamine dealers.”

Shively was arraigned Tuesday and remains incarcerated in SEORJ with a split bond of $250,000 recognizance and $250,000 cash or surety.

He is charged with having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, third-degree felony; two counts of possession of drugs, fifth-degree felonies; and illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.

“We want to thank the public for submitting the tips and information on Mr. Shively,” said Eric Brown, Major Crimes Unit Commander. “We feel that Mr. Shively was an upper level narcotics distributor for the area. The seized methamphetamine alone has an approximate street value of over $5,000.”

Other conditions of the bond include no drugs, alcohol or paraphernalia; must submit to all screenings; and must pay for and wear and GPS monitoring system, if released from jail.

According to HCSO, numerous additional charges are expected to be presented to the Hocking County Grand Jury at a later date.




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