A Shreve man was out of jail Friday after he was arrested and charged following a search at his home that led to the discovery of a meth operation and a large number of stolen goods.
Robert C. Boley Jr., 42, of 7840 S. Elyria Road, was charged Friday morning in Wayne County Municpal Court with felony illegal manufacture of drugs.
He has not entered a plea and another court date has not been scheduled.
Boley was arrested late Thursday following the execution of a search warrant at his home.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Hunter said the agency received a tip earlier in the week from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office from an informant that large amounts of stolen property from Holmes and surrounding counties were at Boley’s property.
A warrant was obtained and acted upon Thursday shortly after 5 p.m., Hunter said.
Hunter said it appeared as if Boley and two other men had finished making meth out of a one-pot operation. Boley was arrested; the other two were questioned and released.
Additional charges are pending.
Sheriff’s deputies, along with agents from the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, located a large number of stolen goods, mostly tools.
Hunter said three camper units were on the property. All three men were found in one of them and it appeared as if the other two units were used for storage.
Numerous tools, four-wheelers and firearms were recovered from the scene.
Several of the items have been identified as stolen from Holmes County, and Hunter said it is suspected that other items were stolen from adjacent counties.
He added it is unknown what the alleged scheme looked like, but he suspected that Boley was directly responsible for at least some of the thefts. It also appeared the stolen goods were traded in exchange for drugs.
A court affidavit states Boley reportedly admitted to using meth for two years and has been cooking every few days to support his habit.
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