Second arrest in meth case

Beth Sergent - [email protected]

APPLE GROVE — A second Apple Grove woman has been arrested on a meth charge.

Kelly D. Huffman, 29, has been charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. She has appeared for arraignment in Mason County Magistrate Court where her bond was set at $100,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, she was incarcerated in the Western Regional Jail.

According to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, on Sunday, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a residence on Rusty Lane in reference to a clandestine laboratory investigation. As previously reported, Nathalie J. Ferrell, 49, Apple Grove, 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.

Also in the complaint, Ferrell allegedly told deputies a box was brought over to the residence by Huffman, 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.

Ferrell allegedly told deputies “she did not know anything about the items that were found” and that Huffman is “in and out of her residence a lot,” according to the complaint filed in Huffman’s case.

Huffman was not at the residence at the time Ferrell was taken into custody. Huffman was later taken into custody and booked into the Western Regional Jail on Monday.

As previously reported, Ferrell was also 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 Wednesday afternoon, Ferrell was also listed as being incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail.

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.

This now makes the third meth arrest in a little over 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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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.