Two arrested in meth bust

RACINE, OHIO – A methamphetamine lab was discovered Tuesday in Racine, authorities said.

Russell Reiber, 32, and Jaclyn Caldwell, 23, both of Racine, were arrested Tuesday and charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood said.

An anonymous tip to the Child Protective Services division of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services raised suspicions about the welfare of a 3-year-old girl living in a house on Fifth Street in Racine, said Wood.

The tip was drug activity was taking place in the home while the child was present, Wood said.

Deputies and officials from the Department of Jobs and Family Services responded on Tuesday. They obtained a consent to search the home, Wood said.

Inside the house, deputies discovered two one-pot reactionary vessels, Wood said. Other equipment used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process was found throughout the home, he said.

Drug paraphernalia also was found inside the home during the search, Wood said.

The 3-year-old girl was present when deputies searched the home, Wood said. The girl was reported to live in the residence full-time, surrounded by this drug making equipment and drug paraphernalia, Wood said.

Wood also cited the Athens County Sheriff’s Department and the Middleport Police Department and the Racine Fire Department for assistance.

The police department removed the equipment from the house while Athens County deputy sheriffs and the fire department provided security, said Charles Mansfield, chief deputy of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department.

Reiber was arraigned and has failed to post a $25,000 bond. He is being held at the Meigs County Jail.

Caldwell was arraigned and has failed to post a $25,000 bond. She is being held at the Middleport Jail.