Lawrence deputies bust 2 for meth

April 10, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

SOUTH POINT — Two people were arrested in Lawrence County on Tuesday, and a third suspect got away, after deputies discovered meth cooking in a South Point residence.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless, his office received an anonymous call at about 9 p.m. Tuesday reporting drug activity at 60 Township Road 616 in South Point. A deputy responded and met with three individuals. While on the scene, the deputy reportedly witnessed signs of meth and asked for assistance. He was met by the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, as well as other deputies.

After confronting the deputy, one suspect fled on foot. Authorities searched the area but he was not located.

After a thorough investigation, authorities discovered an active meth cook was occurring upstairs in the residence, causing a fog of gas to be released. Devices, ingredients and equipment used in the production of meth was also witnessed by investigators. The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist with the chemical reactions occurring in the meth cook and their potential for igniting. Drug Task Force deputies and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene to help stabilize the chemicals.

The two remaining suspects, identified as Eric Roach, age 35, and Mark Wiley II, age 30, both of South Point, were arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. Wiley was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs, and Roach was charged with complicity to the illegal manufacture of drugs. They will be arraigned in the Lawrence County Municipal Court on Friday.

A warrant for the third suspect who fled the scene is being obtained on charges of resisting arrest and illegal manufacture of drugs. His name was not released.

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