PREBLE COUNTY — A New Paris man arrested Sept. 15, after a narcotics search warrant turned up evidence of a meth lab and finished methamphetamine at his home, was among those indicted during a Monday, Oct. 3, session of the Preble County grand jury.
Ronald D. Shanefelt, 9139 Old National Road, New Paris, was indicted on charges including illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children, aggravated possession of drug, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson reported investigators developed probable cause for a search of the residence after receiving information methamphetamine was possibly being manufactured in the home. “Deputies located evidence that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the residence, including solvents, pseudoephedrine blister packs, lithium batteries, and containers which tested positive for anhydrous ammonia,” Simpson said last month. Deputies also located approximately one gram of finished methamphetamine.
Also indicted was James Albert Sullivan, 5264 Eaton-Lewisburg Road, Lewisburg, who was arrested following a traffic stop on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sullivan was indicted for aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Preble County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner driven by Sullivan on East Main Street in Eaton, for expired plates. According to Simpson, during the course of the traffic stop, a K-9 alerted to the vehicle, and a probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a loaded shotgun in the rear seat, accessible to the driver. “Deputies also located a small amount of marijuana, a digital scale with residue, multiple small baggies with a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, and other drug paraphernalia.” Simpson reported. Deputies also located approximately six grams of methamphetamine they believe was packaged for sale.
Other individuals indicted included:
Jacob S. French, 20 1/2 East Main St., New Paris, domestic violence; Tabitha R. Betzner, 805 1/2 E. Decatur St., Eaton, agagravated possession of drugs; Ryan James Keathley, 401 S. Floyd St., Lewisburg, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin and possessing drug abuse instruments; Rodney W. Brown, 6840 Ohio 503 North, #124, Lewisburg, violating a protection order and attempted violating a protection order.
Also: Daniel G. Smith, 119 E. Somers St., Eaton, domestic violence, obstructing official business; Henry Kelley Lawson, 448 Swishers Mill Rd., West Manchester, aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and having weapons under disability; William Jason Asher, 107 Terry Court, Camden, aggravated possession of drugs, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug abuse instruments; Janet D. Hentenaar, 4964 Huston Rd., Collinsville, aggravated possession of drugs, possessin of LSD.
Also: Jena Karen Garland, 7 S. Main Street, Apt. 6, West Alexandria, possession of heroin, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia; Kyle Robert Johnson, 231 Delaware Crossing, Eaton, aggravated possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments; Michael A. Rivers, 810 Oakland Drive, Eaton, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments.
Also: Nathaniel L. Marcum, at large, aggravated possession of drugs; Michael Todd Bane, 244 S. Main St., New Madison, possession of heroin, possessing drug abuse instruments and possession of drugs and Brittany Danielle Miller, 8150 E. Factory Rd., West Alexandria, obstructing justice.
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