Three active meth labs found in Adams County

2010-03-01T00:00:00Z Three active meth labs found in Adams CountyBy WENDY MITCHELL, Staff Writer Ledger Independent
March 01, 2010 12:00 am  • 

PEEBLES, Ohio -- Following up on alleged evidence found in a traffic stop, police in Adams County raided a residence and discovered an active methamphetamine lab over the weekend.

Shortly after 6 a.m., Saturday, Ohio State Highway patrol officers had a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation when officials said the materials for possible methamphetamine use were found.

Adams County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene on Ohio 41 near the James Arnett residence and said they noticed an odor of the drug coming from the residence.

Officers said they found three active methamphetamine labs at 32146 Ohio 41, Sheriff Kimmy Rogers said.

In addition to Arnett, 30, 10 other individuals Melissa Tumbleson, 41, of Blue Creek, James B Gibbs, 28, of Peebles, Tabatha Gardner, 23, of Peebles, Candace Mitchell, 24, of Peebles, Jason Arnett, 25, of Peebles, William Walters, 54, of West Union, Larry Morris, 39, of Peebles, Anthony Potts, 27, of Blue Creek, Fredie Merrick, 39, of Peebles, and Joshua Renchen, 32, of Peebles were arrested in connection with the labs.

Highland County Sheriff's Office was also contacted to assist at the scent, Rogers said.

In 2004, James Arnett was given early release from prison on drug charges and required to be on probation of three years and attend drug treatment.

In addition to previous drug offenses by some of the other alleged offenders, on Feb. 19, W

illiam Walters was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

In December 2008, Walters was arrested following a traffic stop by Adams County deputies across from his residence at 558 Cross Road in Winchester, Ohio.

What police found with Walters led to a warrant to search his home. That is where police found what they referred to as a large amount of chemicals used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The suspects are expected to appear this week in Adams County Court for arraignment, police said.

Contact Wendy Mitchell at or call 606-564-9091, ext. 276.

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