FAIRLAND - A Fairland man has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after authorities raided his home and found an operational lab.
Olen Tyrel Thronebury, 35, was taken into custody July 2, on a number of criminal infractions, including probation violation.
On June 30, authorities conducted surveillance on Thronebury's residence at 61201 East 193 Road and watched as Thronebury exited the front door of his residence and walk to his vehicle.
“Upon Thronebury exiting the residence your authorities (identified) a strong odor recognized as that of the manufacture of methamphetamine emitting from the residence,” Ottawa County Deputy Joey Stites said.
While authorities were conducting surveillance two days later, they observed Thronebury and a small child leave the property in a private vehicle.
Stites followed Thronebury and reportedly witnessed him cross the center line several times while driving.
Upon initiating a traffic stop, Stites said Thronebury refused to exit the vehicle and then sped away from the scene.
As authorities pursued him, Thronebury allegedly threw a small container from his vehicle then pulled to the side of the road.
After a brief struggle, Thronebury was taken into custody.
Deputies located a small black pouch containing Methamphetamine and paraphernalia in the area where Thronebury threw an object from the vehicle.
After further search of the vehicle, a large amount of Methamphetamine and paraphernalia were discovered.
Subsequently, a search of Thronebury's residence turned up a fully operational meth lab and a large amount of products used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.
Additional arrests are expected once the investigation is completed.