WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The Warren County Grand Jury indicted 10 individuals who police say were involved in manufacturing methamphetamine.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal investigation (BCI) and the Warren County Drug Task Force have been investigating the case since late 2010. Pharmacists reported seeing suspicious behavior involving the purchase of pseudoephedrine (PSE), a necessary ingredient in the manufacture of meth.
Federal and state law allows an individual to buy only nine grams of PSE in a 30 day period. Authorities say the group of suspects purchased a large amount of PSE, but a significant amount of sales were blocked due to a national data base.
"The manufacturing of methamphetamine is an extraordinarily volatile process that puts surrounding residents and responding law enforcement officers in grave danger of serious injury or even death. Our office will continue to work with the Drug Task Force and other law enforcement officials to aggressively prosecute those who manufacture and traffic this vile drug," said David Fornshell, Warren County Prosecutor.
Some of the defendants are currently behind bars or on probation while others are being sought by the drug task force.