MADISON COUNTY —
A large methamphetamine-cooking operation, capable of producing $10,000-worth of the drug, was discovered Wednesday by local law enforcement officers across the street from a Berea nursing home.
Mark Shane Hawley, 36, of Nandino Circle in Berea, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (second offense) in connection with the case, according to a news release from Deputy Willard Reardon, spokesperson for the sheriff’s department.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint at 4 p.m. about a possible meth lab at 598 Richmond Road North in Berea, Reardon said in the release.
When narcotics detectives arrived at the home, they “were able to gain access to the apartment,” Reardon said. The officers reported noticing a strong smell of ammonia, a chemical commonly used in the manufacture of meth, and the apartment owner gave them permission to search the dwelling
The officers found two large active one-step meth labs and enough chemicals to produce approximately ? pounds of the drug with a street value of $10,000, according to Reardon.
The county sheriff’s narcotics unit dismantled the labs with the assistance of the Berea Police Department and Berea Fire Department. The nearby Berea Health Center at 601 Richmond Road North was not evacuated, Reardon said.
Hawley was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, and jail records indicate he also was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (second or greater offense). Hawley remained incarcerated under a $15,000 bond Thursday.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed
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