Saturday, October 5, 2013

Athens County men arrested on meth charges

Andrew Barstow
ALBANY – Two male suspects were arrested early Saturday morning after the Athens County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) received information about a suspected methamphetamine lab in Lee Twp.

According to a media release from Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly, 24-year-old Ethan Allen Pierce, 2725 Crabtree Rd. Albany and Andrew Luke Barstow, 23, of 32490 Zimmerman Rd. in Albany were arrested at the Crabtree Road location.

Kelly said the NET executed a search warrant just after midnight Saturday.

Ethan  Pierce
Detective Jim Heater said one adult female and a child, less than 2 years old, were also at the residence during the execution of the search warrant.

Alleged evidence of prior meth manufacturing, a cook, along with suspected chemicals needed to manufacture meth were located inside the residence.

Pierce and Barstow were charged with assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs with a child present, a second degree felony. The pair was transported to the Southeastern Regional Jail (SEORJ) in Nelsonville.

Meigs County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gilkey and Detective Smith assisted with investigating the lab. Due to the presence of hazardous chemicals, the Albany Fire Department and Athens County Emergency Medical Services were also on scene.

Athens County Children Services responded to the scene and the child was placed with a grandparent.

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