Man arrested on meth, chemical charges

MARIETTA – A Washington County man was jailed Saturday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and assembly of chemicals.

Harold L. Yoho, 35, of 535 Coal Run Road, Marietta, was arrested by agents with the Major Crimes Task Force who found materials and chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine at Yoho’s residence.

According to an affidavit of facts from the investigation, on Feb. 8 task force agents witnessed Yoho and another individual purchase a box of pseudoephedrine from the Kroger store in Marietta.

Pseudoephedrine is used in the manufacture of meth.

A search warrant was executed at Yoho’s home Saturday where agents found a cooler in the bed of a truck that was parked in the driveway.

Inside the cooler was a vessel containing chemicals that had not been drained to begin the final step in making meth, according to the affidavit of facts.

Also discovered in the cooler were instant cold packs, lye, sulfuric acid, and Coleman lantern fuel – all chemicals used in the manufacture of meth.

In a separate vehicle owned by Yoho, receipts were located for purchase of the lye from Lowes Home Center and the instant cold packs from Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

Inside Yoho’s residence agents also located a Pyrex container containing what was believed to be Acetone and a white substance in the bottom of the container.

Acetone is commonly used to “wash” the meth. The white substance in the bottom of the container was later tested with a field kit and proved to be methamphetamine.

Yoho was arrested and placed in the Washington County Jail without bond pending a hearing in Marietta Municipal Court today.