A Hillsboro man was arrested after deputies from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office investigated information that a property on East New Market Road was possibly producing methamphetamine.
Sheriff Richard Warner said that late Monday evening, David Temple, 42, was arrested and charged with illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony.
The investigation began in February when the sheriff’s office “received information that methamphetamine was being produced on a property in the 6000 block of East New Market Road,” according to Warner.
On Monday, the sheriff’s office received information that subjects were possibly on that property producing methamphetamine. But when deputies responded, there was “no one on the property.”
However, deputies detected chemical odors associated with the production of methamphetamine, which led them to a camper parked on the property.
After the area had been secured, deputies located two male subjects at another property “down the road.” According to Warner, they had come from the property where the camper was located.
Both males were questioned and both denied involvement; however, they were retained as a part of the investigation.
A search warrant was then executed on a vehicle used by both males as well as on a camper on an adjacent property. During the search of the property where the camper was parked, deputies found “items and chemicals used to produce methamphetamine.”
Other evidence, according to the press release, will be “submitted to BCI&I in London, Ohio for examination and identification.”
Temple was arrested following the investigation. His case is set for arraignment in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Wednesday.
Warner said in a press release that while the case is still being investigated, “additional charges are pending upon completion of that investigation.”
In addition, Warner said that “the case will be forwarded to Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins for presentation” at an upcoming grand jury.
Temple is currently being held at the Highland County Justice center on a $70,000 bond.
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