Two In Jail For Meth Lab Near Schools


UPDATED: Friday December 30, 2011 2:38 PM

Two men charged with operating a meth lab near four schools were in jail on Friday on $100,000 bond each.

Sheriff’s deputies said that they arrested James McNew, 24, and Todd Church, 34, on drug trafficking and manufacturing charges.

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said that the men could face more severe charges since the bust was close to schools.

Investigators said they found an active methamphetamine lab in Franklin County on Thursday.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office SWAT team executed a search warrant in a home located at 3061 Valleyview Dr. Lot #5 at about 8 a.m. Thursday, when they found the lab, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

Sheriff's deputies said that it intentionally executed the search during winter break because the home is located in a trailer park which is near schools.

Westmoor Middle School and Valleyview Elementary are both located near where the search warrant was conducted, Elias reported.

“(You’ve) got that many locations for kids to run around, and you're selling meth out here,” Scott said. “So we've come to a quick resolution, and we're very pleased with it.”

Neighbor Douglas Gray said that he was concerned about children in the area.

“We moved here, because it was peace and quiet. Now it (is not) peace and quiet,” Gray said. “We worry about the kids coming through here, too, and it’s too close to the schools.”

The men were scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

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