Meth Lab Components

Two Washington men who allegedly wanted to learn how to cook methamphetamine ended up in police custody and are facing felony charges, authorities said.

The two are among five people arrested Sept. 30 following a traffic stop in Warren County.

Charged in warrants issued Oct. 1 with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine are James Booher, 19, Matthew Marquart, 21, and Jessica Dunham, 20, all of Washington, Oliviah M. Bellah, 21, Marthasville, and Michael Stotts, 32, of Dittmer.

According to probable cause statements filed in Warren County circuit court, Deputy Jacob Sprick stopped a vehicle driven by Stotts on Augusta Bottom Road for a traffic violation and during a search of the car found items commonly used to manufacture meth.

Meth-making components seized included muriatic acid, lye, lighter fluid, and crushed pseudoephedrine pills, according to the statement. Pseudoephedrine is the vital ingredient needed to make meth.

Bellah admitted that she purchased pseudoephedrine cold pills earlier in the day for cooking meth and said that Marquart and Booher wanted to learn how to cook meth and that Stotts was going to teach them the process, the probable cause statement reads.

Investigators learned that Booher had crushed the pseudoephedrine pills and that Dunham accompanied the other suspects throughout the day as they went to various locations to purchase items needed to make meth. Dunham told police that she was aware that Marquart and Booher intended to use the items to cook meth, according to the statement.

Judge Richard Seible set bond for the suspects at $25,000 each. He later reduced bond for Bellah to $10,000, according to online court documents.

Pending Charges

Booher is awaiting trial in Franklin County on second-degree burglary and felony stealing charges in connection with a break-in at the CG Power Systems warehouse building on Tenth Street in Washington.

He and two other men are accused in felon complaints with entering the building and stealing copper, police allege.