PREBLE COUNTY — Two Preble County men remained in jail at press time, after separate incidents led to their arrests on drug charges earlier this month.
According to Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, the PCSO executed a narcotics search warrant at 9141 Old National Road North, south of New Paris, on Thursday, Sept. 15, at approximately 2 a.m.
Simpson reported, investigators developed probable cause 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.
Deputies also located approximately one gram of finished methamphetamine, according to Simpson.
Deputies arrested Ronald D. Shanefelt, 45 of the Old National Road address. He was formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with crimes including illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
“Although there were no children present at the time the search warrant was served, investigators believe that children were present in the house on weekends,” Simpson explained the child endangering charge.
All hazardous chemicals were rendered safe by Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Lab Technicians and removed to a hazardous waste site, according to Simpson.
Deputies were assisted on the scene by New Paris Police Department and Northwest Fire & Emergency Squad, according to Simpson.
Shanefelt remained in the Preble County Jail.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, at approximately 12:15 a.m. PCSO deputies stopped a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner 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.
According to Simpson, deputies ultimately located approximately six grams of methamphetamine, packaged separately. Authorities believe the methamphetamine discovered was packaged for sale. Deputies arrested James A. Sullivan, 44, of Lewisburg. He was formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with crimes including aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony; improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
Sullivan also remained housed in the Preble County Jail.
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