Meth lab busted in Lucasville

John Stegeman, PDT Sports Editor

October 3, 2012


PDT Staff Writer

A Scioto County man has been arrested for operating a meth lab. Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said on Tuesday, at approximately 1 a.m., deputies from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office along with troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Post 73 arrested Joseph B. Davis, 35, of 4442 Camp Creek Rd. Lucasville, for manufacturing methamphetamine inside a residence on Oakwood Ave. in Lucasville, Ohio.

According to Donini, troopers, which were stationary in the Lucasville area, received a complaint from a Lucasville resident that a vacant rental house, owned by the complaintant, was being broken into. Troopers accompanied the complaintant to the residence located at 57 Oakwood Ave. and had requested the assistance of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arriving at the residence, troopers found Davis manufacturing methamphetamine inside the residence. Davis attempted to flee out of the rear of the residence, but was apprehended shortly thereafter.

A Deputy from the Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene and upon observing the active clandestine meth lab; requested the assistance of detectives from the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force. Task Force detectives arrived on the scene to investigate and process the scene as well as safely dismantle the clandestine lab.

Detectives discovered an active “one pot” methamphetamine cook along with a hydrogen chloride gas generator inside the residence as well as chemicals such as: ether, lye, lithium metal, ammonium nitrate, and a suspected acid. Meth lab – related equipment such as tubing, mason jars, and coffee filters were also discovered.

Davis was arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a third degree felony, criminal trespass, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, and obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor. Davis was also found to have an outstanding arrest warrant out of Pike County for felony receiving stolen property.

Davis was placed in the Scioto County Jail and after being arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court, is being held on a $41,000 bond in addition to a holder placed by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Donini said the investigation is ongoing and a case against Davis will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County grand jury for the consideration of additional felony criminal charges.

Donini took the time to thank Post 73 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol for their assistance and requested anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, to contact the Sheriff’s Office drug line at 740-351-1094, the Portsmouth Police Dept. drug line at 740-354-DRUG (3784) or email drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com.

He said all information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com