Police: 18 arrested in Butler County meth operation

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- An extensive, multi-week investigation led to the arrest of 18 people police say are connected to a methamphetamine manufacturing operation in Butler County.

Reports were made in early January about a possible meth ring in the area, according to the Switzerland County Sheriff's Department.

After several weeks, detectives found a large network of people working together to collect pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in the process of producing meth.

Authorities said ring leaders of the operation were identified in Ohio County and traced back to Butler County.

On Feb. 12, a search warrant was executed at a home in the 6700 block of Morning Sun Road in Oxford, Ohio.

Police said a large meth operation was found and several suspects were arrested. Information form those arrests then led investigators to more suspects in Butler County.

A total of 25 people were identified and charged with conspiracy to commit dealing (manufacturing) in methamphetamine.

The following were charged in this case: Sam J. Spicer, 43, Lisa Fay Ellis, 34, Steven Rae Turner, 20, Kenneth J. Clifton, 35, Mary E. Stephenson, 39, Perry B. Harding, 41, Andrew T. Hummel, 26, Dionne J. House, 28, Dustin W. House, 28, Thierrin D. Bowling, 25, Jeremy M. Couch, 34, Jeffery Couch, 39, Crystal Flores, 35, Lee Clark, 48, Whitney VanSickle, 25, Jaydn Groover, 18, Krissie Hill, 33, Calvin W. Thomas, 42, Angela Tharp, 36, Delmer J. Walker, 23, Rebecca J. Quinn, 27, Terry L. Woodruff, 37, Mark R. Wolker, 50, Terri L. Deatdon, 27 and Vernis A. Newton, 29.

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