Authorities in Ohio arrest four in drug lab busts

NELSONVILLE – Emergency personnel in Ohio have been busy with drug operations, according to police reports.

A methamphetamine bust could have gotten rid of a lot of suspicious drug activity in Nelsonville, according to police.

Greg Hanning, 35, of Nelsonville was taken into custody by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Sheriff’s Special Response Team on Sunday. He was charged with possessing chemicals for the making of meth.

The operation had been sending police to the area of Carr Road in Nelsonville for several days.

On July 15, deputies searched a Carr Road residence and shut down a meth lab the NET had been investigating. The sheriff’s office had been called three days in a row to neutralize “shake and bake” labs that had been discarded off of Carr Road, police said.

On July 14, deputies responded to the Country Mall in The Plains in reference to a suspicious person going in and out of businesses and trash bins, carrying a blue plastic bag.

When deputies arrived they saw the man in front of the Dollar General store. The man approached police, leaving the bag behind and not claiming ownership of the bag or its contents. Detectives checked the bag, which had ingredients for making meth.

Hanning was arrested in connection with the investigation into the drug labs near the Carr Road area, according to police.

Trisha Lowery, 27, Carr Road, and Nathan Decker, 27, Carr Road, were also taken into custody and admitted the manufacturing of meth at their residence, implicating Hanning as one of the cooks.

The fourth meth lab bust in the past six days in Meigs County occurred Monday night, police said.

Mark A. Parsons, 51, 45782 Ohio 124, Racine, was charged with illegal manufacturing of meth, a felony in the second degree. Parsons was arrested by Meigs County sheriff’s deputies and the scene was processed by the Middleport Police Department. Assistance in the operation was also given by the Racine Fire Department and medics from Meigs County EMS.