Two are indicted for meth operation

Two men who allegedly were found with a one-pot meth operation inside their van in June have been indicted.

Christopher Shanley, 44, 256 Wood St., Shreve, and Brian A. Phillips, 46, 4400 Melrose Drive, Lot 280, have both been charged in Wayne County Common Pleas Court with felony counts of illegal manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals used to manufacture drugs.

They are both in Wayne County Jail, as of Thursday, with bonds of $75,000 (Shanley) and $50,000 (Phillips) or 10 percent cash or surety.

Phillips next court date is Aug. 31; Shanley’s next court appearance is Sept. 20.

Both have denied the charges.

Shanley and Phillips were arrested June 18 shortly after 8 a.m. when an “alert citizen” reported suspicious activity from the two at the BP Station on Cleveland Road in Wooster while leaving in a van.

Wooster Police caught up with the van and reportedly located a one-pot meth lab inside the vehicle. Agents with the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency dismantled the lab, where other items consistent with making the drug were also discovered.

Senior Medway Agent Jason Waddell said at the time the two were also reportedly impaired.

“An alert citizen who noticed something didn’t look right called it in,” Waddell said. “(The caller) probably saved some people’s lives.”

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