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Four jailed in Lawrence County on meth charges

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 11:42 PM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- Bond was set at $75,000 each Friday in Lawrence County Municipal Court for four defendants arrested by Lawrence County sheriff's deputies on meth charges.

Roberta L. Boyd, 43, and Nathan D. Boyd, 24, both of Township Road 1186, South Point; Tyler Adkins, 19, of Township Road 1041, Chesapeake; and William Gore, 45, of the 200 block of Thelma Avenue, South Point, all were charged with manufacturing illegal drugs. Gore also was charged in a warrant for failure to appear, according to court personnel.

Judge Don Capper set a preliminary hearing for the four at 10 a.m. Friday in municipal court west of Chesapeake.

The sheriff's office received a call Thursday evening about a strange odor coming from an apartment in the Lawrence Commons Apartments in the South Point area, said Sheriff Jeff Lawless.

Deputies asked to search the apartment and were granted permission, Lawless said. They found one active meth lab and one meth lab with finished product in it, he said. "This meth lab consists of a 20-ounce soda bottle, rubber tube and the ingredients to make meth," he said.

Authorities called the Perry Township Fire Department to assist and called in a Scioto County sheriff's deputy trained in meth lab cleanups. A Lawrence County sheriff's deputy familiar with cleanup procedures also was called to the scene, according to a press release. He confirmed that meth was actively cooking in the soda bottle, according to the release.

"This is a very dangerous and volatile situation, as when these ingredients are combined they can be very flammable," Lawless said. "They can cause a fire or an explosion."

"There could be additional arrests or charges," Lawless said.

Deputies were on the scene for more than three hours Thursday night.

J.T. Holt was appointed to represent Roberta Boyd, Philip Heald was appointed to represent Nathan D. Boyd, David Dillon was appointed to represent Adkins, and Mike Davenport was appointed to represent Gore.