‘Ice’ Meth Found In Hocking County

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Members of the new Hocking County Sheriff’s Office Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle on Laurel Run Road for a traffic violation Monday night and found .3 grams of “ice” methamphetamine, which is reportedly the most powerful kind.

“It’s associated with much larger, sophisticated drug operations associated with the Mexican cartel,” noted Hocking County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dave Valkinburg. “With meth like this, it’s done in more of a lab-type setting.”

Jeremy D. Brown, 36, of Coshocton, was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse and transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

After making the initial traffic stop, deputies identified the driver as Jeremy D. Brown, 36, of Coshocton. When deputies asked Brown if he possessed anything illegal, Brown allegedly said he had a bag of meth, which was later identified as what is to be believed “ice,” a street term for meth.

HCSO K9 Emma performed a sniff of the vehicle Brown was driving and indicated there were illegal narcotics inside the vehicle. A search produced additional drug paraphernalia and small plastic baggies containing additional amounts of what is believed to be “ice.”

Evidence seized during the arrest will be submitted to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification Crime lab for scientific testing.

A second male occupant inside the vehicle also was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Fairfield County and transferred to their facility for incarceration.

“This was the first arrest SIU members were out working on their own after training with Fairfield County SCRAP members and they have already shown very good results,” said Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North. “I am expecting very good things to come from having deputies assigned to SIU, which in turn will benefit all of us in Hocking County.”