A recent methamphetamine bust in Marietta led to additional arrests Sunday after search warrants were executed in Monroe and Belmont counties.
Following the execution of an August search warrant at 830 Ridge St., Marietta, agents with the Major Crimes Task Force arrested James E. Broadwater, 43, and Arlan L. Kobusch, 41, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine within the vicinity of a juvenile.
The pair have pleaded guilty to manufacturing the drugs and are set to be sentenced later this month in Washington County Common Pleas Court. Each faces up to eight years in prison, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
"They've been cooperative, and we also found some records at the scene that helped link in these other people," Mincks said.
On Sunday, task force agents assisted Woodsfield police and Monroe County sheriff's deputies with the execution of a search warrant at 342 Guilford Ave. in Woodsfield, according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff's office. Agents claim they found a large amount of ingredients used in the manufacture of meth at the residence.
At the conclusion of the search warrant, the home's three residents, William B. Kinison, 32; Gara B. Rogers, 39; and Terry Kinison, 54, were arrested by the Woodsfield Police Department on charges of illegally assembling drug-making chemicals.
According to the release, officers also learned of a possible meth manufacturing site at a property owned by Terry Kinison in Belmont County.
There, local agents assisted the Belmont County Sheriff's Office with the processing of campers that were located on the property. The release says agents were able to find key ingredients used in the manufacturing of meth and indicators that meth was being cooked on that property.
According to police, a witness familiar with the two suspects informed officers during the search that he witnessed Broadwater and Kobusch recently engaged in manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence.
The Major Crimes Task Force is made up of representatives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Marietta Police Department, the Washington and Morgan prosecutors' offices and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.