Two arrested on meth chargesPolice find two drug manufacturing operations Monday
City of Washington police officers made two separate arrests on Monday, March 18, in relation to methamphetamine.
Travis James Hartman, 32, of 709 N. Marion Ave. in Washington, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, which is a Class B felony and punishable by up to 25 years in prison. According to his court record, Hartman made his first appearance before the magistrate judge Tuesday and a $100,000 cash bond was set.
The court record said a search warrant was executed at 415 W. Madison St. at 4:39 p.m. Hartman was present at the time of the execution of the search warrant, the court record said. Items were found that were consistent with making methamphetamine. The items found included camp fuel containers, punched starting fluid containers, punched pseudoephedrine blister packs, lithium battery packaging, iodized salt, and pop bottles containing a sludge substance. A digital scale and numerous small clear plastic baggies were also found.
According to the court record, four other individuals were also present at the time the search warrant was executed. They were interviewed separately at the search. All four individuals said the defendant has been manufacturing meth in the basement of the residence. They said they had been providing precursors (including pseudoephedrine pills) to the defendant for manufacturing meth. These four individuals and Hartman have purchased pseudoephedrine at least 25 times for this meth manufacturing, the court record said.
More than 50 grams of methamphetamine could be produced from using these pills, the court record said. All four individuals said they have been receiving meth from these “cooks” in exchange for providing the defendant with precursors, the court record said.
The second arrest on Monday, March 18, at 1:54 p.m. was Justin Allan Dennis, 20, of 408 E. Second St. in Washington. Allan made his first appearance before the magistrate Tuesday, his court record said. He has been charged with a Class C felony and a $10,000 bond was set.
According to the court record, on Monday, March 18, Dennis unlawfully possessed with the intent to manufacture 5 grams or less of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine, or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity or detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine.