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'Smurfing" investigation leads to 2 arrests in Meth bust

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Eugene Michael Coogan, Jr., Source: Clermont County Jail Eugene Michael Coogan, Jr., Source: Clermont County Jail
Shawn James, Source: Clermont County Jail Shawn James, Source: Clermont County Jail

CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - After a one year investigation involving several suspects in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, four search warrants were executed and two people have been arrested.

The warrants were executed at homes that were suspected spots of meth production. The addresses are: 4200 block of Moore Marathon Road in Goshen, OH, 5900 block of Moore Marathon Road in Goshen, OH, 2700 block of State Route 131 in Newtonsville, OH, and 700 block of Wright Street in Newtonsville, OH.

At the home in the 4200 block of Moore Marathon Road, a complete and extensive meth lab that was actively being used to manufacture meth was discovered. Shawn James, 34, was at the home and was arrested and taken to the Clermont County Jail.

Agents also found a fully operational meth lab in the 2700 block of State Route 131 at the home of 34-year-old Eugene Michael Coogan, Jr. Officials also found meth, heroine and drug paraphernalia, as well as items used to sell the drugs at the home. Coogan was arrested and taken to the Clermont County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Coogan and James were both charged with Illegal Manufacture of Methamphetamine, a 2nd degree felony. Additional charges may result from Grand Jury action.

According to a statement released by Clermont County, the operations consisted of individuals called "Smurfs," whose job was to obtain pseudoephedrine from various stores throughout the region and then supply the manufacturers, or "cooks" with the decongestants at an inflated price or exchange it for meth or other illegal drugs.

Increasing methamphetamine activity has been documented within the last year in Clermont County. The sheriff said the investigation will continue until all potential suspects are identified and charged.

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