ASHTON — An Ashton man has been arrested after law enforcement claim he was operating a meth lab.
Daniel R. Cornell, 42, was arrested on Tuesday by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and charged with operating or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. As of Wednesday afternoon he was being housed at the Western Regional Jail awaiting arraignment in Mason County Magistrate Court.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, deputies were approached by a worker with child protective services to assist in an investigation and to look into an allegation that Cornell was cooking meth in a building on the property near his home.
Once the deputies arrived at Cornell’s residence at 5535 Zid Camp Road, the defendant gave deputies written consent to search the property, according to the criminal complaint. Cornell eventually took deputies to a building beside his “pump house” and inside this building, a deputy observed what he called a clandestine laboratory set up, the complaint said. In this building was an electric burner, a jar with tubing running out of it, jar with red liquid, coffee filters, boxes of pickling salt, funnels, Coleman fuel, and jugs of what appeared to be some sort of acid similar to drain cleaner, the complaint said.
Also in the building, a television allegedly being used as a monitor for a closed circuit video surveillance camera set up.
Shortly after discovering the alleged meth lab, deputies exited the building, leaving the door open to “air out” and contacted Lt. Steven Greene, a meth technician, to be dispatched to the scene to document and disassemble the lab.
The complaint alleges the last batch of meth produced in the lab was the night before the bust.
If convicted of this charge, Cornell could face not less than two nor more than 10 years in jail, or fined no less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000 or both.
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