DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Authorities charged 25 people in a major methamphetmine bust that spanned throughout counties in Indiana and Ohio.
Detectives in Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties arrested 19 individuals on charges related to manufacturing meth on Monday and Tuesday. Tips to the Switzerland County Sheriff's office in January suggested there were several people allegedly involved in making meth in the area.
Authorities said a lengthy investigation revealed a large network of people working to obtain pseudoephedrine, which is the primary ingredient in the process of making meth.
Detectives were able to identify the ring leaders in Ohio County, Ind. who were then connected to a separate manufacturing ring in Butler County, Ohio.
A special crimes unit conducted a search warrant at a home in the 6700 block of Morning Sun Road in Oxford, Ohio. Authorities said a large meth manufacturing operation was found and several people were arrested.
A total of 25 people were identified and charged with conspiracy to commit manufacturing in methamphetamine, identified as Sam Spicer, 43, Lisa Fay Ellis, 34, Steven Rae Turner, 20, Kenneth Clifton, 35, Mary Stephenson, 39, Perry Harding, 41, Andrew Hummel, 26, Dionne House, 28, Dustin House, 28, Thierrin Bowling, 25, Jeremy Couch, 34, Jeffery Couch, 39, Crystal Flores, 35, Lee Clark, 48, Whitney VanSickle, 25, Jaydn Groover, 18, Krissie Hill, 33, Calvin Thomas, 42, Angela Tharp, 36, Delmer Walker, 23, Rebecca Quinn, 27, Terry Woodruff, 37, Mark Wolker, 50, Terri Deaton, 27 and Vernis Newton, 29.