Deputies Find Outdoor Meth Cooking Operation

Photo provided/Mercer County Sheriff's Office: This photograph shows some of the items recovered at an outdoor meth cooking operation. Photo provided/Mercer County Sheriff's Office: This photograph shows some of the items recovered at an outdoor meth cooking operation. Photo provided/Mercer County Sheriff's Office: This photograph shows some of the items recovered at an outdoor meth cooking operation. Photo provided/Mercer County Sheriff's Office: This photograph shows some of the items recovered at an outdoor meth cooking operation. James A. McDowell
Staff Writer

A Mercer County man was arrested earlier this month after law enforcement agents discovered a meth cooking operation.
At 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call from a male reporting his children had observed a suspicious male in the area of Wabash Road, south of Ohio 219 near the bridge. A deputy responded to the area and found a male fitting the description, who claimed to be fishing in the area.  The male consented to a search of his bicycle and deputies allegedly recovered liquid and other containers in a pouch on his bicycle. The male reportedly admitted the liquid was methamphetamine and admitted to cooking meth somewhere in Indiana. Deputies checked the area in and around the bridge and discovered items that are consistent with an outdoor methamphetamine cook operation.   
James A. McDowell, 52, 210 W. Wayne St., Celina, was arrested. Deputies recovered suspected liquid methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, equipment and material commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. McDowell is currently being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility for possession of drugs. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for review of additional charges.
 Deputies were assisted with the cook operation cleanup by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and were also assisted by the Grand Lake Drug Task Force.  Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey encouraged citizens to report suspicious activity. 
"This arrest, and discovery of a methamphetamine cook operation was possible due to a citizen being observant," Grey said in a news release. "Methamphetamine cook operations are extremely dangerous due to the chemicals used in its manufacturing.  If you see something suspicious, or just not right please contact law enforcement."
 

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