Investigations by the Deputies and Investigators with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department led to the discovery of two methamphetamine labs and the arrest of four suspects.
Late the evening of Aug. 17, Ottawa County Deputy Sergeant Holli Goforth received information of possible drug activity at a residence at 211 South Main St. in Afton.
Sgt. Goforth, along with Ottawa County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Investigator Rocky Ferdig, and Ottawa County District Attorney Drug Task Force Investigator Chris Morris, went to the residence and made contact with Amie Browning, who gave deputies permission to search the residence, according to Ottawa County Sheriff's Detective Derek Derwin.
During a search of the residence Sgt. Goforth noticed a strong chemical odor emanating from a room on the second floor. Deputies found an active meth lab, along with various precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The lab was later processed by Ferdig and Morris.
Derwin said deputies were unable to immediately locate Browning's husband, Tige Browning, age 37, at the residence, but believed he was responsible for the meth lab and was in the area.
Tige Browning was located at another address in Afton and placed under arrest a short time later, transported and booked into the Ottawa County Jail. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
Four children that live in the residence were not present at the time of the incident.
A second methamphetamine lab was discovered on the evening of Aug. 19 after Ottawa County Deputy Ron Journagan received information from a confidential source of drug activity at a residence on Cayuga Road in rural Wyandotte.
On arrival, with the assistance for other deputies, and two officers with the Wyandotte Nation Police Department, Journagan made contact with John Pelz, 40 of Wyandotte, according to Detective Derwin.
Pelz answered the door and after brief conversation with the officers was asked to allow a search of the residence. Pelz refused the search and entry.
While standing at the front door, Journagan was informed by another officer that another person was seen looking out the back of the house. Journagan asked who the other person in the residence was and ordered them to show themselves.
Randy Passmore, 43, of rural Wyandotte, exited the back of the house. Deputies learned that Passmore had a warrant with the City of Wyandotte and he was placed under arrest.
While officers prepared to transport Passmore to jail, Pelz exited the residence and told officers he was leaving.
Journagan noticed an object protruding from Pelz's pocket and when confronted about the object Pelz attempted to conceal it. Journagan retrieved the object from Pelz's pocket and discovered a baggie of marijuana.
Ottawa County Narcotics investigator Rocky Ferdig was contacted and he then obtained a search warrant for the residence.
Deputies found Melissa Bates, 23 of Neosho, hiding in a bathroom under carpet and insulation in the bathtub.
Deputies located a methamphetamine lab in the living room of the residence and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine. Ferdig and Morris processed the lab.
Passmore was arrested for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and the Wyandotte warrant. Bates was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Xanax. Pelz was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana. All three subjects were transported to the Ottawa County Jail for booking.