MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man was arrested after an active meth lab was discovered at his residence in Liberty Township on Monday evening.
According to Knox County Sheriff David Barber, a 9-1-1 call was received at 10:56 p.m., reporting a house fire involving a meth lab at 7555 Columbus Road. Deputies and the Central Ohio Joint Fire District responded to the scene, along with the Hartford and Homer fire departments.
Upon arrival, only a small fire was discovered outside; however, an active meth lab was found in a shed at the residence. Certified clandestine meth lab deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to the scene to evaluate and remove the lab from the property.
Arrested at the scene was Jonathan R. Flack, 38, who is being held in the Knox County Jail on one count of illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Barber expects additional charges to be filed when the case is presented to the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office.
The continuing investigation is being conducted by Detective Lt. Gary Rohler and Sgt. Tim Light.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, which is an active member of the METRICH Enforcement Unit, encourages citizens to report any suspected drug activity to the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 393-6800 or to the crime time line at 1-888-363-TIPS (8477).