LEON — A Leon man has been arrested again for allegedly attempting to operate a meth lab.
Douglas R. Matheny, 43, was arrested Monday by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department for operate or attempt to operate a clandestine lab. His bond was set at $100,000 in Mason County Magistrate Court. He was also charged with two capias warrants issued from Mason County Circuit Court.
On Monday, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a residence at 2030 Pine Grove Chapel, attempting to locate Matheny due to the felony warrants from circuit court. Upon arrival, a deputy spoke with a resident who stated Matheny was staying in another residence on his property. According to the official criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, the deputy then went to the other residence on the property, knocked on the door which was not secure and opened it to observe Matheny sitting on the couch asleep. The deputy then identified himself and advised Matheny he had active warrants through circuit court.
The criminal complaint states that while in the residence, deputies located ingredients allegedly used to manufacture methamphetamine. The ingredients consisted of camping fuel, professional strength drain opener, lithium batteries, a bag of rock salt, coffee filters, clear tubing, plastic bottles and 117 empty packs of pills with the active ingredient of pseudoephedrine.
According to records filed in Mason County Circuit Court, the January 2014 term of the grand jury indicted Matheny on operate or attempt to operate a clandestine lab. That charge was dismissed and he later entered a guilty plea to manufacture of a controlled substance. His sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years with specific guidelines. Also, according to circuit court records, Matheny didn’t appear for a probation hearing which was in relation to one of the capias warrants the deputies were sent to serve upon him Monday.
On Friday, Matheny appeared before Judge David W. Nibert in circuit court, who reinstated his initial sentence in the 2014 plea which is no less than one, nor more than five years in jail. Matheny is currently being housed at the Western Regional Jail.
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