Operating Meth Lab Found In West Harrison; Three Arrested
By Mike Perleberg
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.