HENDERSON — The shake-and-bake method of producing methamphetamine provides a mobility to making the drug. That translates into meth labs being found everywhere from car trunks to backpacks.
And now, allegedly, in a cemetery.
Noah A. Broyles, 25, of Gallipolis, has been arrested by personnel with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Mason County 911 dispatchers on Sunday received a call from an unidentified person who claimed to see a vehicle enter Henderson Cemetery near Redmond Ridge Road. They then reported seeing a shake-and-bake clandestine meth lab being assembled.
According to the complaint, Deputy M. L. Stewart arrived on scene and observed Broyles in the passenger seat of a car with a female in the driver’s seat. Allegedly located on Broyles were materials that included a gas generator, lighter fluid, instant cold packs, Sudafed (which was empty), a lithium battery, liquid drain openers and Morton canning and pickling salt.
According to the complaint, Cpl. Curtis Rhodes II, a meth tech with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, stated all the ingredients found at the scene could be used to operate a shake-and-bake clandestine lab.
Broyles appeared in Mason County Magistrate Court with his bond set at $50,000. His preliminary hearing is set for 9:45 a.m. Aug. 18. As of Wednesday evening, he remained housed in the Western Regional Jail.
Shake-and-bake meth labs are not only mobile, but can produce the drug in a shorter period of time when compared to traditional meth labs.