Police stop alleged meth operation
Two Marietta men have been arrested for being in possession of several of the materials used to make methamphetamine.
Chad W. Warner, 27, of 260 Greenbrier Circle, and Trent D. Mason, 24, of 712 Front St., were stopped Thursday night walking across the Putnam Bridge in Marietta, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
“We had been watching these people because they had been purchasing pseudoephedrine,” he said.
Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient used in making meth.
Earlier that night investigators had located Warner’s vehicle while parked and had been able to visually observe several of the chemicals used in the meth creation process.
Later that evening, Warner’s vehicle, which was being driven by another individual, was stopped. In the back of the black Chevy truck were several other materials that Warner and Mason had collected over the past two days.
According to an affidavit of facts, each man had visited a variety of stores to purchase the long list of items.
Through pseudoephedrine logs, the Major Crimes Task Force was able to determine that Warner purchased pseudoephedrine at Kroger earlier that day.
Mason had purchased an instant cold pack, sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide from the Marietta Walmart on Wednesday. Mason also purchased a can of Coleman Fuel from the Marietta Kmart.
Mason was also in possession of two Lithium batteries, also used in the making of meth, said Mincks.
Mason and Warner were charged with one count each of illegally assembling drug manufacturing items, a third-degree felony.
“This was a relatively new system for them and they were compiling information from different sources,” said Mincks.
Mincks noted that both Mason and Warner have lengthy prior arrest records, mostly drug possession and trafficking charges.
There is no evidence that the men had yet made any of the drug, but through surveillance the task force believed they were about to attempt to do so, he added.
Each third-degree count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Mason and Warner are being held in the Washington County Jail on $15,000 bond.
More charges are possible as the investigation is ongoing, said Mincks.