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Celina Man Arrested For Allegedly Cooking Meth

July 27, 2011

CELINA — A Mercer County man was arrested for allegedly operating a meth lab.

According to a news release issued by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Joseph C. Sullivan, 41, 1874 Schroeder Road, Celina, was arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.  Indiana authorities also have an outstanding warrant for Sullivan for sale of methamphetamine.

The Indiana Drug Task Force contacted the Grand Lake Drug Task Force with information Sullivan may be in Mercer County.  Sullivan was located in an outbuilding of the Schroeder Road address.  When deputies arrived, Sullivan had an active methamphetamine cooking operation in process.  Sullivan was taken into custody without further incident.

Also arrested at the location was Billy Jo Banks, 32, same address and Michael H. Lange 29, same address.  Both are facing charges of obstructing justice for allegedly misleading deputies about Sullivan.  All three individuals are being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification was contacted to assist with the hazardous material clean up with the costs to be charged to the Sheriff’s Office/Grand Lake Task Force.  Also assisting at the scene was Southwest Mercer Fire Department, standing by until the lab could be dismantled and rendered safe because of the possibility of explosion.

“We encourage people to continue to report suspicious drug activity,” Grey said.  “We need the public’s help.  Anonymous tips can be left on our website, MercerCountySheriff.org.”

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