A total of five individuals were arrested and jailed for their alleged roles in the manufacture of methamphetamine during the early morning hours Thursday.
Deputes from the Pike County Sheriff's Office and Bio-Safe Southern Ohio disassembled two labs in connection with the arrests - marking the ninth and 10th methamphetamine labs the sheriff has taken down during 2011.
Pike County Sheriff Richard Henderson is reporting that the first lab was discovered at 1:37 a.m. in the area of Owl Creek Road and Hunting Run Road. Deputy Phillip Hopper observed a suspicious vehicle, and when he approached to speak with its occupants, he noticed an overwhelming chemical odor.
Further investigation caused Hopper to arrest the occupants for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. Occupants of the vehicle arrested were Nathaniel W. Waller, 35, of Beaver; Donald W. Entler, 28, of Waverly; Christina M. Gleason, 26, of Piketon; and Ashley P. Federici, 21, of Waverly.
All were charged with second-degree felony illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine and possessing criminal tools, a felony of the fifth degree.
They were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail pending arraignment.
In a separate incident that occurred around 4 a.m. at 3378 Germany Road in Beaver, Deputy Earl Swepston located an active clandestine methamphetamine lab.
Swepston obtained permission to search the premises from resident Franklin Taylor II and upon locating the lab, he arrested Taylor and charged him with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (F2), illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine (F3) and possessing criminal tools (F5).
Taylor was also taken to the Scioto County Jail while he awaited his arraignment.