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Five more indicted in meth lab investigation



NEW LEXINGTON – Perry County Sheriff William R. Barker announced Nov. 25, the indictment of five more people connected with the yearlong methamphetamine lab investigation.

Seven people were indicted in September in the meth manufacturing investigation conducted by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The five additional indictments are:

• Sierra A. King, age 27 of New Lexington, charged with Complicity to Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs – Felony-2 (F/2) and Complicity to Illegal Assembly / Possession of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs – Felony 3 (F/3).

• Kayla A. Simon, age 26 of New Lexington, on the same charges as King.

• Ricky L. Simon, age 29 of New Lexington, on the same charges as King and Simon.

• Matthew A. Webb, age 39 of Newark, on the same charges.

• Harold L. Gardner, age 54 of New Lexington, on the same charges.

The investigation began in June 2013, after authorities learned that methamphetamine was being produced at various locations around the greater New Lexington area. As a result of the investigation, deputies with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force identified a total of thirteen individuals involved in some way to the production of methamphetamine. Their involvement stemmed from purchasing the supplies to produce the drug to actually being involved in the manufacturing process itself. Others were found to be involved in the sales/distribution of the drugs. The persons indicted in September 2014:

• Melissa Beckham,
• Larry R. Hiles Jr
• Gregory Goodin
• Tayva J. Goodin
• Michael L. Hagaman Jr.
• Jack L. Whitney Jr.
• Walter G. Munyan



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