Meth lab shut down after traffic stop


GREENVILLE – Law enforcement arrested three people Monday night after a traffic stop led a Narcotics Unit to a working Meth lab.

On Dec. 14 at approximately 8:24 p.m., Darke County deputies and K9 Unit along with Greenville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a maroon Chevrolet minivan in the 300 Block of Wagner Avenue in Greenville, Ohio. As the van stopped, a male passenger immediately fled the vehicle and a short foot pursuit ensued. Darke County deputies quickly apprehended the male identified to be Paul E. Brown, Jr., 41, of Union City, Ohio.

Brown was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear on a previous charge of Aggravated Possession of Methamphetamines. A female passenger, Angel L. Bowlin, 26, of Greenville was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Illegal Use of Food Stamps.

The driver of the van, Anthony B. Marcum, 24, of Greenville, Ohio was found to be in possession of items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines and was arrested on charges of Illegal Assembly/Possession of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs.

Brown, Bowlin and Marcum were transported to the Darke County Jail where they are currently housed awaiting formal charges.

Based upon the drug related items seized during the traffic stop and information received prior to the stop, Darke County Narcotics Unit along with deputies and K9 Unit executed a search warrant at Bowlin’s residence located at 420 Front Street in Greenville, Ohio.

During the search, four active methamphetamine cooks were discovered inside the residence. Greenville City Fire Department and Greenville Township Rescue Squad responded to the scene as a safety precaution as the Darke County Clandestine Unit safely dismantled the methamphetamine cooks.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stand against the use of illegal drugs and drug trafficking in our community. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 with information regarding any criminal activity. Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or Information can be left anonymously.




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