Local man arrested on meth charge

A Marietta man was arrested Friday after telling authorities he had previously made methamphetamine in his home and was planning to do it again.

After receiving information that 30-year-old Brandon S. Walters had recently obtained items used to manufacture meth, agents of the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at his residence at 715 Greene St. Apt. A.

In the search, officers found pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used to make methamphetamine using the “shake and bake” method, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Walters admitted that he had successfully made a small quantity of meth in October 2012.

He also said that the pseudoephedrine he had purchased earlier in the day Friday was to be resold to a friend.

“He said he was buying for a friend who was going to make some drugs,” said Mincks.

Walters was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine within the vicinity of a school and a second-degree felony count of illegal assembly of drug making chemicals within the vicinity of a school.

Other arrests could follow, said Mincks.

The arrest marks the 21st meth lab bust of the year, said Mincks.

“It is definitely on the rise. I think we had four in all of last year,” he said.

Walters is scheduled to be arraigned today in Marietta Municipal Court.