Second meth lab found in home with ‘five minor children’

Last updated: April 04. 2014 2:15PM - 8725 Views
By Sarah Allen sallen@civitasmedia.com

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The Highland County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force recently discovered a one pot meth lab in a Paint Township residence, and another in New Market Township, according to press releases Friday from the sheriff’s office.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant after receiving information that “subjects at a property were involved with the production of methamphetamine,” the press release states.

During the execution of the warrant on a residence in the 6000 block of Heather Moore Trail, a one pot meth lab and chemicals for the production of methamphetamine were found and seized from the property. According to the press release, “the scene was processed and several items of evidence were collected.”

Robert Gibson, 46, of Hillsboro was arrested and charged with illegal assembly of chemicals, a third-degree felony.

The press release from the sheriff’s office states that Gibson’s case is still under investigation. Items from the scene were sent to BCI&I in London for identification purposes.

On Friday, Hillsboro Municipal Court records show that Gibson was arraigned on the charge of production of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony. His case is set for a preliminary hearing on April 17.

Court records also show that he is being held on a $70,000 bond.

In addition, the court ordered Gibson be placed on Electronic Monitoring House Arrest on parole violations, as well as reporting probation.

Also on Thursday, the sheriff’s department and U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force executed a second warrant in New Market Township. This warrant was also the result of law enforcement having received information concerning alleged illegal manufacture of drugs.

The warrant was executed in the 5000 block of Griffith Road, during which time a one pot methamphetamine lab and chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine were found.

The meth lab, the press release states, was discovered in a residence “including five minor children.”

Highland County Children’s Services were notified and the children were removed from the house. The scene was processed and several items were collected to be submitted to BCI&I in London.

Jimmie Crabtree, 32, of Hillsboro, was charged with third-degree felony illegal manufacture of drugs. He was arraigned in Hillsboro Municipal Court on production of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, according to court records.

Crabtree’s case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 10.

He is currently being held on a $75,000 bond.

Sarah Allen may be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

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