Two Cherokee County men were arrested last week on unrelated charges.
According to a release from Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, on September 25 Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a farm on Southwest Greenlawn Road.
The property owner had discovered a camper trailer on his property. Deputies arrived and discovered a strong chemical odor coming from the camper. By looking through the windows, the deputies also saw a suspected methamphetamine lab.
A search warrant was obtained for the camper. During the course of the search, investigators discovered a substantial methamphetamine manufacturing operation along with evidence identifying a suspect.
Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and the Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force worked throughout the night processing the scene, Groves said.
At approximately 6 a.m. Monday, law enforcement was still on scene and in the area. One of the deputies located a man walking near the wooded area near the camper. That subject was the same man identified as a suspect based on evidence inside the camper.
The suspect, 29 year old, Jacob Miller, of rural Columbus, was taken into custody.
Formal charges were filed in Cherokee County District Court on Tuesday.
Miller remains in custody in the Cherokee County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may be made.
In an unrelated case, on Sept. 23, Edmond Wininger, 52, of rural Galena, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Cherokee County District Court.
Wininger has been charged with Indecent Liberties with a Child, age 14. The alleged violations occurred earlier this year.
Wininger posted $35,000 bond and was released.