3 Meigs residents arrested

MIDDLEPORT, Ohio – Three Meigs County residents were arrested Saturday in connection with alleged drug activities at a residence near Middleport.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said the incident occurred Saturday at 28885 Ohio 7, near Middleport, when deputies responded to a home owned by Tony Chapell. Information was provided that a suspect wanted for questioning by deputies for breaking and entering had been dropped off at the Chapell house.

After arrival to the Chapell residence and an attempt to locate the suspect, the deputies discovered the cultivation of marijuana, Wood said. The deputies had a failed attempt to receive response from the residence. It was determined that probable cause was sufficient to request a search warrant.

After the warrant was issued to the Gallia-Meigs Drug Task Force, Wood, along with deputies and the Middleport Police Department, executed the search warrant and discovered that two males and one female were inside the home.

Tony Chapell, 51, Stephanie Lyons, 33, and Michael Napper, 31, were taken into custody. One suspect advised officials that an active meth lab was in the room, Wood said. Everyone was removed from the trailer as a safety measure. The technicians discovered a one pot method of cooking methamphetamine which included locating two gas generators with tubing.

All three suspects were charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, drug possession and the illegal assembly of chemicals. Napper is also wanted out of Vinton County for the same charges and is currently facing charges in Meigs County for endangering children and possession of drugs from a 2013 case. He was recently indicted in Meigs County on another meth-related charge.

The suspects were being held at Meigs County and Middleport holding facilities Sunday until they appear before a judge to answer to charges.

The original suspect wanted for questioning by deputies for breaking and entering was not at the home, Wood said.