PDT Staff Writer
Pike County Sheriff Richard N. Henderson said Deputy Hank Steiger responded around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to an anonymous report of possible drug manufacturing activity in a wooded area behind a church on Chenoweth Fork Road in Piketon.
Steiger said when he arrived he detected an odor of chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines. The deputy reported finding numerous items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.
Deputies arrested Justin Bryant, 23 and Kimberly Burkitt, 29, both of southwest Pike County. Both are charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth degree felony. Bryant also had a failure to appear warrant for the charge of illegal assembly.
Henderson said Bio Safe of Southern Ohio was contacted to neutralize and remove the hazardous chemicals. Bryant and Burkitt were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail, and Henderson said the case will be presented to an upcoming term of the Pike County grand jury.
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