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Operating Meth Lab Found In West Harrison; Three Arrested

Posted On August 22, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

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Meth lab suspects Jerry Jones and Chauntel Jones. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.

(West Harrison, Ind.) – Three arrests are the culmination of a lengthy methamphetamine investigation, says the Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jerry Jones, 56, and Chauntel M. Jones, 53, both of West Harrison, have been charged with Dealing in (Manufacturing) Methamphetamine (Level 2 felony), Conspiracy to Commit Dealing (Manufacturing) in Methamphetamine (Level 2 felony), and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 felony). A third suspect, Anita L. Smith, 50, also of West Harrison, is accused of Conspiracy to Commit Dealing (Manufacturing) in Methamphetamine (Level 2 felony) and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Level 6 felony).

According to a press release, detectives with the Dearborn-Ohio County Special Crimes Unit, Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputies, and Indiana State Police troopers executed a search warrant at the Jones’ home at 28591 Chappelow Hill Road in West Harrison on Wednesday.

Officers located a lab in continuous operation in a shed near the residence. Several items used to cook methamphetamine were also found.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team cleaned and processed the scene.

The investigation, which occurred over the course of several month, was handled by SCU detectives Carl Pieczonka and Norman Rimstidt. Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office investigator Shane McHenry credited the detectives’ hard work.

“Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug and toxicity from chemicals can remain in the environment around a methamphetamine production lab long after the lab has been shut down,” McHenry stated.

Jerry Jones, Chauntel Jones, and Anita Smith all remain in jail Friday afternoon awaiting their initial appearance in court.

6 comments
sam47025
sam47025

I used to work with her years ago. I never in a million years would have expected this. She was so nice and funny! I never even seen her without a smile on her face, that I can recall. People sure do change.

walgirl
walgirl

Thank. God they got this trash of my road. I thought everyone around here were good hard working people. Not this kind of trash. Thanks for keeping Chappelow a little safer.

ereed75
ereed75

People don't realize who all their hurting, wake up people! Life is more valuable than drugs! It can't be replaced! drugs can! find God!alot better high!

Deertail14
Deertail14

This is in my neighborhood....too close for comfort.  So glad these idiots were caught!  Maybe others will realize its better to be like the common man (or woman) and work for a living and not prey on the weak.   

number1angel
number1angel

She always was, and still is nice and funny, and yes, always with a smile. Never in a million years would have expected this either. Sometimes life takes crazy turns...never would have thought he would have to bury his son this year at the age of 38, or have the health problems he is starting to have and no health insurance....but hey, Obama is taking care of all the world's problems.....making it a better place for everyone.....at least maybe the ones that already have it made.....thank you for not being rude in your comments....they are both loved by many.....

number1angel
number1angel

You own the road? That's freaking awesome!! Here I thought I owned it! Lol