By: Beth Sergentbsergent@heartlandpublications.com
August 6, 2012
MASON — A Gallipolis, Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly operating a “shake and bake” meth lab near a mobile home park in Mason.
Eric P. Humphreys, 34, Gallipolis, was arrested on Aug. 2 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and charged with attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab. He was then transported to the Western Regional Jail.
According to the criminal complaint, residents of the Zuspan Mobile Home Park observed Humphreys walking through the park carrying a camouflage backpack, while another resident noticed him walking toward the riverbank with the backpack.
The complaint said one of the residents went into the woods to investigate, and though they didn’t locate Humphreys, they did locate a camouflage backpack.
Officers with the sheriff’s department were then called to investigate, and while looking for identification regarding the ownership of the backpack, deputies allegedly found what could be meth-making materials consistent with a mobile, “shake and bake” clandestine lab. Sheriff’s department personnel then secured and began to clean the scene.
After interviewing witnesses to gain a description of the man with the backpack, personnel with the sheriff’s department later made contact with Humphreys in the area of Anderson Street in Mason.
Humphreys was later placed under arrest and charged. Working on the case are Cpl. F.O. Terry, Lt. Greene and Cpl. Powell from the sheriff’s department. The Mason Police Department also assisted in the investigation.