Apple Grove woman faces meth charge

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

APPLE GROVE — An Apple Grove woman has been arrested after deputies say meth making materials were found at her residence.

On Sunday, Nathalie J. Ferrell, 49, was charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. Ferrell appeared for arraignment before Mason County Magistrate Gail Roush, who set her bond at $100,000. As of Monday afternoon, Ferrell was listed as being incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail.

According to the criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a residence on Rusty Lane in reference to a clandestine laboratory investigation. Ferrell gave deputies permission to search the home without a search warrant and signed a consent to search, according to the complaint.

During the search, deputies found a Mason jar containing camping fuel, canning and pickling salt, latex gloves, coffee filters, alcohol and what was described as a “shake and bake” bottle, according to the complaint. Ferrell allegedly told deputies a box was brought over to the residence by another individual and inside this box, deputies say they found camping fuel, professional strength drain opener and opened ice packs (ammonium nitrate).

Based upon a review of the items, deputies reported they are consistent with those used in an alleged clandestine laboratory, according to the complaint.

A statement from the sheriff’s department also said a warrant was obtained for another person who allegedly assisted in operating the alleged meth lab, but was not on the scene at the time of Ferrell’s arrest.

If convicted of operate or attempt to operate a clandestine drug laboratory, a defendant could face prison time of not less than two years, nor more than 10 years, fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000, or both.

As reported last week, this is the second meth arrest in a week by the sheriff’s department on the southern end of Mason County, with deputies arresting a Glenwood man in an unrelated case on July 10.

Beth Sergent

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