Meth labs continue to keep law enforcement busy trying to keep people from dying from exposure to the chemical-laden substance. On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at approximately 1:44 p.m., deputies with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office apprehended and later charged Jason Daniel Giles, 35, of 321 Collingwood Ave., Whitehall, Ohio for manufacturing methamphetamine in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
Deputies were investigating a complaint of methamphetamine being manufactured in a mobile home located at Lot 80 Arizona Ave. in Franklin Furnace when two male subjects reportedly ran from the residence. One of the subjects, later identified as Giles was apprehended. Giles was reported to be in possession of a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Upon request, detectives with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force responded to assist with the investigation. In searching the mobile home, task force detectives said they discovered a bottle that had contained a “one pot” methamphetamine cook as well as a hydrogen chloride gas generator and chemicals suspected of being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. A meth lab – or clandestine drug lab – is a place where meth is manufactured or “cooked.” Materials used in a meth lab are commonly used and readily available. Other drugs may be manufactured or processed along with meth.
Meth includes over-the-counter medications that include pseudoephedrine or ephedrine in their contents. Combinations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), acids, bases, metals, solvents and salts. Chemical products and substances that are used interchangeably to produce meth in different forms. Depending on the process and chemicals used, the final product can be tainted and have unwanted or dangerous effects.
Chemical reactions depend on the substances used and cause the process to be hazardous, frequently resulting in chemical fires, explosions, and the release of toxic gases.
Giles was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the second degree, and placed in the Scioto County Jail.
The case against Giles will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County grand jury for the consideration of additional felony drug charges.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini also thanked the Green Township Fire Department and EMS for their assistance at the scene and continues to request anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force; to contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email [email protected] All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.