8/8/2017 4:51:00 PM Meth lab busted at Jackson home Probation check at High Street home Saturday leads to discovery
Two Jackson city firefighters stand by as a specially trained and equipped deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office defuses and dismantles an active one-pot Methamphetamine lab which was found last Saturday morning in a residence at 168 South High St. in Jackson. Some or all of the four persons who were at the residence at the time could likely face criminal charges from the Jackson Police Department. The incident began with a routine probation check by probation officers from the Jackson County Municipal Court. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
A routine check of a probationer at his Jackson home this past Saturday morning, Aug. 5 developed into much more as law enforcement officers discovered an active Methamphetamine lab inside the residence and also evidence of possible other Meth-making outside the residence.
Jackson Police report the incident took place at the residence of Michael Lee Lyons, 68, of 161 South High St. and that he faces possible charges as well as three others who were there at the time: Dennis J. Howell, 48, of 008 SR 140, Oak Hill; Donna Maloney, 50, of 15 Powell Dr., Jackson; and her husband, Rodney Maloney, 57, of Mentor, Ohio.
Initially, probation officers from the Jackson County Municipal Court went to the Lyons residence for a routine check on Lyons, who is currently on probation. Probation officers found small baggies of what they believed to be Methamphetamine, two sets of scales and various other drug paraphernalia. After these discoveries were made, the Jackson Police Department was called at 10:06 a.m. to investigate the situation as there was likelihood of new criminal charges being filed.
Police officers first talked with Mrs. Maloney and noticed she was attempting to kick a Mountain Dew bottle under the porch out of their view. Officers retrieved it and noticed it appeared to have a white substance in it and they suspected the bottle was possibly the remnants of a one-pot Meth lab. Officers also found several items which are commonly used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.
Also outside the house, officers located a melted down Mountain Dew bottle as well as evidence of where a small fire had burned. Later, a specially trained Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy determined that bottle had previously been used to make Methamphetamine.
There was more to come. In a subsequent search inside the house, officers located an active one-pot Meth lab on the kitchen table. An empty pill bottle with Howell's name on it was found next to this Meth lab. Another specially trained and equipped Sheriff's Office deputy was able to remove the active lab from inside the house, then defuse it outside the house. He was also able to extract Methamphetamine oil from the bottle to be used as possible evidence. The Jackson Fire Department provided assistance due to the dangerous chemicals being handled.
All four suspects were taken into custody and police said all four tested positive for using Methamphetamine as well as other drugs. As a result of subsequent interviews, police said all four suspects admitted to smoking both Methamphetamine and Marijuana. Howell was accused of being the Methamphetamine cooker and Lyons being the assistant. According to police, Rodney Malone admitted to buying Methamphetamine and Mrs. Maloney was found to be in possession of two different types of prescription pills, a white powder she identified as Heroin, electric scales, and a glass pipe.
Officers also seized the alleged Meth-making components, which included empty lighters, three empty boxes of Sudafed, lithium batteries and battery parts, blister patches, and receipts from Sudafed purchases. Police also confiscated $625 in cash from Lyons and $142 from Howell.
No formal drug-related charges have been filed yet against any of the suspects, but Lyons is being held on an alleged probation violation and Howell on a warrant for a probation violation. Charges will be determined after the alleged illegal drugs are analyzed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.
Possible felony-level charges that will likely be considered include: Trafficking In Drugs, Possession Of Criminal Tools, Illegal Assembly Or Possession Of Chemical For The Manufacture Of Methamphetamine, Permitted Drug Abuse, and Possession Of Drugs.