Created on Wednesday, 05 September 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
About 11 p.m., officers noticed a sport utility vehicle driving with a rear license plate that was not legible. Upon stopping the vehicle, officers noticed several criminal indicators that led to using Yukon, the department’s K-9, to perform a narcotics sniff.
After the K-9 gave a positive indication on the presence of the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle, officers removed from the vehicle the two suspects, Mark Fletcher, 40, of Mansfield, and Joanna Schaub, 34, of Lexington, along with Ms. Schaub’s 13-year-old daughter.
A vehicle search was performed, which revealed a soft-sided lunch box that contained all of the materials needed to make methamphetamine.
Chief Nathan Motter said an investigation revealed that the defendants were taking the 13-year-old girl to a residence between Waynesfield and Uniopolis and that they were planning to then continue together to a Wapakoneta hotel. It is unclear whether the suspects were planning to cook methamphetamine at the hotel.
Mr. Fletcher was charged with assembly or possession of chemicals to make methamphetamines, a second-degree felony. Ms. Schaub was arrested for drug possession of a schedule II drug, a fifth-degree felony. Both are currently lodged in the Auglaize County Jail awaiting their initial hearing.
Deputies from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Auglaize-Mercer County Grand Lake Drug Task Force assisted with the case. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may result.