Grand jury indicts man on meth making charge
by Cris Ritchie Editor
HAZARD An Ohio man has been indicted in Perry County on charges of manufacturing meth and wanton endangerment.
Police arrested 35-year-old Ronald Steele, of Defiance, Ohio, in June after allegedly finding a mobile meth lab inside a van in the Dwarf community.
According to Perry County Chief Deputy Tony Eversole, police were notified of the meth lab when a social worker, while attempting to remove some children from a home, found several jars and other items she though might be used in making meth.
We wouldnt have found it if not for social services, Eversole said at the time.
The van was unoccupied at the time it was being searched, but Eversole noted that people were sleeping in it because along with some residue and packets, authorities also found air mattresses and pillows.
According to the indictment, the van was being occupied by four minors, including an infant, at the same time it was being used as a meth lab. Eversole said that to his knowledge, its the first active meth lab found in Perry County.
Steele is facing one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, a class B felony, one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, also a class D felony.
Bail was set at $75,000 cash. Steele is due back in court on August 27.
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