An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in the arrest of Shawn L. Whittekind.
On 25 Aug 17 Agents with the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force Agents learned that the Marietta Police Department was dealing with Shawn Whittekind at the Frontier Shopping Center. Agents received information that Shawn had a meth lab in the trunk of the car and had been cooking meth at Lane Farm Campground.
Agents were also advised that the trunk of Whittekind’s vehicle contained Coleman fuel and a substance believed to be methamphetamine. The substance was subsequently field tested and it showed a positive identification for meth.
Agents requested Lt. Gherke respond to Lane Farm Campground, 6440 State Route 26, Marietta, in an attempt to locate evidence of a one pot methamphetamine lab. Lt. Gherke located several items he believed to be related to a one pot meth lab including reaction vessels, gas generators, and tubing.
Agents then responded to the campground and located three reaction vessels, six gas generators (one with tubing still attached), sodium hydroxide, extra tubing, and liquid drain cleaner. Agents also utilized ph paper and a Dragger pump to test the reaction vessels and generators and received positive identifications on those tested.
Lt. Gherke was able to locate Whittekind’s vehicle at the Frontier Shopping Center and had the vehicle impounded. Lt. Gherke also made contact with Shawn and he was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.
Shawn Lee Whittekind, age 39, 233 Broughton Avenue, Marietta, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine 2nd-degree felony and illegal assembly of chemicals a 3rd-degree felony.
Whittekind appeared in Marietta Municipal Court and is now being held on a $6500 bond. Whittekind will appear in court again on 30 Aug 17.
The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.