Two arrested in meth raid Tuesday
Two Washington men face charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine after being arrested after the Washington County Narcotics Task Force raided a building at 322 North D Avenue in Washington.
Michael Joe Miller, 39, of Washington, and Jeffrey Michael Marie, 30, of Washington, were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony punishable by 25 years in prison with a minimum fine of $5,000 and a maximum fine of $100,000. They are being held in the Washington County Jail. Marie is being held on a $25,000 cash bond while Miller is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 11 a.m. March 20.
According to a press release issued this morning, local law enforcement officials executed a search warrant on the building and located a meth lab. The building has been closed due to hazardous contamination conditions from meth residue. A second search warrant was also executed at a property at 2930 Quince Avenue in Washington.
Miller and Marie had their first appearances in Washington County court this morning. According to court records, Miller and Marie occupy the building at 322 North D Avenue. Both were present when the warrant was executed. The records say that many items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including camp fuel, lithium batteries, cold packs, lye, drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine tablets, funnels, measuring cups, and coffee filters were found on the premises. Items used in meth distribution, including digital scales and packaging materials, were also located. Methamphetamine was also found during the search.
Personnel from the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington Louisa County Narcotics Task Force, Department of Narcotics Enforcement, Washington County Ambulance and the Washington Fire Department all responded.
The building, which extends to North C Avenue, is a flea market and is owned by Bob and Shirley Miller.