A Morgan County couple's alleged meth making operation has been busted with the assistance of Washington County law enforcement.
Working with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office and the McConnelsville Police Department, on Friday Major Crimes Task Force agents helped execute a search warrant at 659 Halcyon Ave., McConnelsville and at 5400 Mountville Road, Chesterhill, the respective homes of Herbert Mullins, 56, and Mullins' girlfriend, Heather Greeno, 28.
"We monitor purchases of pseudoephedrine. We had found out by monitoring this information that they had been purchasing a bunch up near Zanesville," said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient used to manufacture methamphetamine, he noted.
The agencies had monitored Greeno and Mullins making a pseudoephedrine purchase earlier that day and were waiting for them to come back to the area, said Mincks.
When the pair returned to Morgan County, they were stopped and the pseudoephedrine and marijuana pipes were discovered, he said.
Subsequent searches of the residences yielded numerous items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, said Mincks.
"She admitted to using the "one pot" method for making meth earlier in the day where you just dump everything into one pot and shake it up," said Mincks.
The process is highly volatile and often results in explosions, he said.
Both Greeno and Mullins were charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony, said Mincks. The crime carries a maximum of 18 months in prison.
In addition, Fairfield County has issued two warrants for Mullins for unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine, said Officer Jeremy Berwanger of the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.
Greeno is being held without bond at the jail. Mullins is being held on $40,000 bond.