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Two men arrested, third sought for meth bust

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- Two men were jailed while a third man was being sought by Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies after they discovered a meth lab at a home in South Point on Tuesday night.

Eric Roach, 35, and Mark Wiley II, 30, were arrested after deputies discovered the men were cooking meth in Wiley's home located along Township Road 616, Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in a press release Wednesday.

Wiley is charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs. Roach is charged with complicity to the illegal manufacture of drugs.

Deputies received an anonymous tip regarding drug activity at the residence at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, said Lawless.

When the deputy arrived at the residence, he met Wiley, Roach and a third man, and he saw evidence that the men were cooking meth in the home.

Members of the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force arrived on the scene to assist the deputy.

The third man confronted the deputy during the incident, and he fled on foot. Authorities at the scene searched the area on foot, but they were unable to locate the man.

The meth lab, which was cooking in the upstairs portion of the home, created a fog of gas that was leaking out of the home.

Authorities on the scene found devices, ingredients and equipment used to produce meth.

Members of the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department and Drug Task Force deputies also responded to the scene to stabilize the chemicals being used to make the meth to avoid a possible ignition of the lab.

Wiley and Roach will be arraigned in Lawrence County Municipal Court on Friday.

Lawless said he has obtained a warrant for resisting arrest and illegal manufacture of drugs for the third man.

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