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Three arrested after employees discover meth at local motel


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CIRCLEVILLE – Three people were arrested Friday after employees at a local motel discovered the remnants of a possible methamphetamine cook.

Tabitha Munson, 37, and Jesse James Day, 21, both of Circleville, are charged with illegal assembly of chemicals, a third-degree felony. Dustin Reed, 32, also was arrested in connection with the incident and was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

According to Deputy Chief Robert Chapman, officers from the Circleville Police Department responded to the Budget Host Inn on U.S. Route 23 on a report of smoke coming from a dumpster.

Upon arrival, a motel employee reported they removed a plastic grocery bag from the dumpster that contained two plastic bottles emitting smoke and chemical fumes.

The Circleville Fire Department responded to the scene, Chapman said, and the items were found to be contraband believed to be the remnants of a possible meth cook.

The investigation led to the arrest of Munson and Day on the drug charges.

Reed, who was implicated in the meth operation, was stopped by officers near the scene and found to be in possession of a loaded .22 caliber handgun.

All three suspects were taken to the Pickaway County Jail, Chapman said.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal