Last updated: March 12. 2014 3:16PM - 2130 Views
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Neighborhood complaints led to the arrest of two Lewisburg residents on drug charges last week.


Deputies from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Lewisburg Police Department, executed a search warrant at 4585 Lee Street, Lewisburg, late in the afternoon on Tuesday, March 3.


According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, investigators developed probable cause after conducting an investigation into suspected drug activity at the residence.


Investigators located seven people at the residence, according to Simpson. Two were later arrested. Investigators located multiple items used to ingest and/or inject narcotics including methamphetamine and heroin.


Investigators also located multiple chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs. Deputies recovered lithium batteries, cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, ammonia nitrate and solvents. These are common ingredients used in manufacturing of methamphetamine.


Deputies arrested Michael Rhoades, 39, of Lewisburg for violating a civil protection order, a first degree misdemeanor. He was present at the house with a female who was a protected party in the order.


Patricia M. Mullins, 41, of the Lee Street address, was arrested as well. She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth degree misdemeanor, and permitting drug abuse, a first degree misdemeanor. Both were housed in the Preble County Jail awaiting arraignment at press time.


Deputies forwarded their investigation to the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office and will seek charges against Mullins for possession of the chemicals found in the residence, according to Simpson.


The PCSO and Lewisburg Police Department have increased their patrols in the Lewisburg and Harrison Township area recently, after receiving multiple complaints of suspected drug activity on Lee Street and other areas, Simpson said.

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