(10/20/2005)
By David Hedges
Publisher - Times Record-Roane County Reporter

A man released on bond in Roane Circuit Court last week was arrested two days later in Ohio for trying to buy ingredients to make methamphetamine.

At the same time, police said the man apparently was operating a drug lab in the basement of his mother's home where he had been living.

Rodney Whytsell, 34, was picked up in North Canton, Ohio, on Friday. Chief Deputy Jeff Smith of the Roane Sheriff's Dept. said Ohio authorities reported that Whytsell was trying to steal 32 boxes of psuedophedrine, a decongestant used to make methamphetamine.

Smith said Whytsell's girlfriend, Jeanie Dye, 25, was arrested at the same time. Police allegedly found 800 matchbooks in their vehicle outside a Giant Eagle store. Red phosphorus from the strike plates of matchbooks is another ingredient used to make meth.

Both Whytsell and Dye were charged with theft of psuedophedrine and possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine, Smith said.

The following day Smith and deputies Michael Knapp and Chip Hoover went to the home of Whytsell's mother, Shirley Whytsell, at 5502 Clay Rd., where Rodney Whytsell had been living.

Smith said Shirley Whytsell gave police permission to search the home and they found a meth lab in the basement ...

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