Three men were arrested and charged with allegedly operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab.
On Tuesday, October 29 Ptl B. Thompson spotted a white Chevy Malibu with Ohio licenses plates traveling west on Flint St. The officer noticed that the vehicle did not observe the stop sign at the intersection of Flinn and Kaiser Avenue and drove past without stopping.
Thompson attempted to make contact with the driver. As Thompson turned around the suspect’s vehicle allegedly started to pick up speed to avoid being stopped. Thompson caught up with the vehicle as the driver identified as John KinCaid made an attempt to pull into a vacant parking space.
In the complaint an individual identified as Brian Carr was a passenger along with another individual riding in the rear of the vehicle identified as Walter Cavender. Cavender tried to flee on foot, but was detained by Thompson.
Afterwards the officer went on to make contact with KinCaid. Thompson was given permission both verbally and in writing to search the car.
While performing the search of the vehicle, in plain site Thompson found what looked to be ingredients used to operate a clandestine meth lab. A Gatorade bottle was discovered on the ground next to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The bottle appeared to have the remnants of an active clandestine laboratory aka “Meth cook.”
On further investigation Ripley Police Detective R. H. Mellinger recovered a bag with an 8-count box of cold packs. One cold pack was missing from the box. A bag was also found lying in the street in front of a Flinn St. residents and appeared to have ammonia nitrate along with pieces of lithium mixed inside.
All three men were taken into custody and were processed at the Ravenswood Police Station. After processing the men were taken to South Central Regional Jail.