By Frank Lewis
A man who tried to outrun authorities on foot is in jail charged with manufacture of drugs. Deaton Mason, 33, of 1830 Ohio Furnace Rd., Franklin Furnace, faces charges of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree and obstructing justice, a first degree misdemeanor.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said at around 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a complaint of alleged methamphetamine manufacturing at 234 Walburn Ave. Franklin Furnace, when Mason was found hiding in brush at the rear of the residence. Mason attempted to flee from deputies on foot, but was apprehended a short time later. Deputies said they returned to the area where Mason had fled and found several chemicals and materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Detectives from the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force responded to the scene to assist.
Mason was arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court at on Thursday, and is currently being held in the Scioto County Jail on $16,000 bail.
The case will eventually be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County grand jury for the consideration of additional felony criminal offenses.
Donini took the time to commend what he said were the efforts of the deputies and said anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force can contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.