3rd arrest made in meth lab investigation

Cary Ashby • Updated Feb 21, 2018 at 10:05 AM

A suspect considered to be “the main person” in last week’s drug raid on Cline Street has been arrested.

Brandon W. Henderson, 34, of 13 Cline St., turned himself into the Norwalk Police Department on Saturday. Police had been looking for him since the special response team (SRT) used a search warrant Thursday morning at a suspected methamphetamine lab at Henderson’s residence.

Henderson was charged with illegal manufacturing of meth, a second-degree felony. If convicted, he faces two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.

Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said police expected Henderson to be at his residence and when he wasn’t there during the drug raid, they issued a warrant for his arrest.

“We put the word out,” the detective added. 

Two people were arrested at the scene Thursday. Jessica S. Bryan, 26, also of 13 Cline St., was charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of meth. Henderson’s younger brother, Jacob G. Henderson, 29, of 21 Parsons St., was arrested on a probation violation through Norwalk Municipal Court.

“Two children were placed in the temporary custody of other relatives,” said Fulton, referring to minors who are 7 and 13 years old.

Bryan is being held on a $40,000 bond. Court records indicate if she posts bail, she is prohibited from possessing or consuming any “drugs of abuse.”

“We had been aware of this since probably January,” Fulton said last week, referring to the suspected meth lab. “I think he (Henderson) had been doing this longer. … He is the main person.”

Members of the SRT used the search warrant at 13 Cline St. at 11:41 a.m. Thursday. The bust closed Cline from League to Fruen streets. North Central EMS and the Norwalk Fire Department were on stand-by.

In addition to the arrests of Bryan and Jacob Henderson, police discovered two people at the scene inside a vehicle. Fulton has said that pair wasn’t arrested, but were transported to the station, interviewed and released.

After the drug raid, agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and members of METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, collected evidence and processed the scene for a couple hours. Lab results from BCI are pending.

“This was a one-pot method and there were several of those,” Fulton said. “If people are seeing suspicious activity in their neighborhood, report it to the police.”

Chief Dave Light, who retired Friday, has said there hadn’t been many meth-related incidents in Norwalk until recently.

Meth heads have taken over Norwalk and methamphetamines are a nasty drug. It’s the meth users (who) can be dangerous and violent. Methamphetamines have been here three or four months now and we’ve taken more methamphetamine from (the) streets (in) the past three months than the past 10 years combined,” he said.

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