By Frank Lewis
Three people have been arrested and charged in the operation of a meth lab.
Brian Slone, age 41, Natashian Clarke, age 23, and Anthony Burchett, age 25 — all of 6237 Gallia St. — were charged with illegal manufacture of drug, a felony of the first degree, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, a felony of the second degree, trafficking in drugs, a felony of the third degree, possessing criminal tools a fifth degree felony and a probation violation warrant.
On Tuesday night, officers of the Portsmouth Municipal Court Probation Department went to the residence of Brian Slone, 6237 Gallia St., in Sciotoville, for the purpose of serving a probation violation warrant.
Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said when probation officers knocked on the door Slone attempted to flee from the residence and when he could not get out, he hid inside the house. During the search of the residence for Slone, probation officers discovered what they believed was a meth lab and the materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Officer Joel Robinson of the Portsmouth Police Department, who is specially trained in the recognition and clean up of methamphetamine Labs was called to the scene and verified probation officers findings. The residence was evacuated of all occupants due to the dangers associated with meth labs.
A team of trained Portsmouth police officers were called out to clean up the lab. The Portsmouth Fire Department responded to the scene and was on standby due to the volatile nature of meth labs and the explosive possibility that is involved with the chemicals used to manufacture meth. A Life Medical Response ambulance was also on standby at the scene to treat any medical emergency that may arise.
All three subjects were arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court Wednesday morning on their charges. The case will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury for indictment at a later date. The charges faced by the two men and Clarke carry a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison and a total fine of possibly up to $47,500.
Brewer took the opportunity on behalf of the Portsmouth Police Department to thank the Portsmouth Fire Department and the local ambulance companies who continue to provide needed services to officers during the cleanup of math labs.
“It is nice to have needed safety services on standby on scene should officers, or a member of the public, need immediate assistance,” Brewer said.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.