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PD: 2 people charged in connection with rolling meth lab in West Chester

Posted at 6:12 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 12:27:11-04

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Police have charged two people in connection with a rolling meth lab, authorities said.  

Officers found two people inside a pickup truck along with materials “consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine,” according to spokeswoman Barb Wilson. 

Some agents wore masks and gloves as they examined bottles and jugs pulled from the truck. 

An officer spotted a white 1999 Ford F-150 truck in a parking lot at 4856 Wunnenberg Way a little after midnight Monday. The truck had been pulling a small trailer with no license plates.

Darrell Jones, 52, of Dayton, has been charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Laura McCoy, 49, of Blanchester, has been charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, assembly possession of chemicals to produce drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Darrell Jones and Laura McCoy face charges in connection with the rolling meth lab stopped in West Chester.

Butler County officials told WCPO in May that methamphetamine is making a comeback. A growing number of drug users are switching from heroin to meth as users recognize the higher risk of death from fentanyl-laced heroin, Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said.

"An awareness grew in the drug culture,” said Gmoser, “The user community started to realize that their chance of dying from fentanyl-laced heroin was increasing exponentially.” 

The West Chester Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team, along with agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification responded due to the hazardous nature of the materials.

Jones and McCoy are being held at the Butler County Jail.