GLENWOOD — A Glenwood man has been arrested and accused of making methamphetamine.
Justin B. Deal, 27, has been charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. He was arrested earlier this week by deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, deputies arrived at a residence on Guyan Creek Road after an anonymous tip the sheriff’s department received alleging Deal was making meth at that residence. Deputies were given permission to search the area by the property owner who was not Deal. Located in a barn on the property was a metal toolbox and inside it was a red cooler containing items allegedly used to operate a clandestine lab, according to the complaint.
Among some of the items found in the cooler were two gallon cans of camping fuel, a can of Drano, professional strength crystals drain opener, a glass jar containing a liquid substance, a glass jar containing a white, wet grainy substance, bottle of Liquid Lightning, bottle of ROOTO drain opener, tubing with bottle caps, one measuring cup, a small funnel, plastic baggies, coffee filters. Also found inside the cooler was an instant ice pack cut open, containing a coffee filter. The filter contained a white, wet grainy substance. An ice cream bucket was also found in the tool box next to the cooler; the ice cream bucket had a white pellet substance inside, which was sampled along with the other items, according to the complaint.
According to Cpl. C. Rhodes, II, a meth tech for the sheriff’s department, all of the listed ingredients and the ingredients found could be used to operate a clandestine lab.
Deal, who was arrested by Deputy Stewart, was later transported to the Western Regional Jail, according to the complaint, though he was no longer listed as an inmate as of press time.
Those convicted of the aforementioned charge could face prison time for not less than two nor more than 10 years, fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or both.
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