Photo of some of the items seized

On February 6th at approximately 02:46 AM the Darke County Drug Task Force consisting of the Darke County Sheriffs Office and the Greenville Police Department responded to an active methamphetamine drug lab at 204 Hart Street in the City of Greenville, a residential neighborhood. Also responding to assist was the City of Greenville Fire Department and Greenville Township Rescue.

All occupants of the residence were ordered to evacuate by the Darke County Clan Lab Unit. Removed without incident were 2 adult males and 1 adult female. Once inside, officers found evidence that the occupants were in the middle of manufacturing methamphetamine when the task force officers made entry. All occupants were arrested at the scene, transported to the Darke County Jail and booked in under pending charges for Illegal Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.

Those Arrested: Benjamin Jones, age 34, of 204 Hart Ave., Greenville, OH Christopher Silcott, age 37, of 416 1/2 E. Third St., Greenville, OH Dawn Briner, age 43, of 416 1/2 E. Third St., Greenville, OH

This incident became more serious due to the fact that living next door was an infant under the age of 2 years old, causing the charges to be upgraded from a Felony of the 2nd degree to a Felony of the 1st degree.

All emergency responders remained on the scene until the lab was dismantled. Items seized, but not limited to, were Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Perseription pills, Drug Paraphernalia, items used for manufacturing Methamphetamine and over $1,100 in cash. A private contractor responded to dispose of the hazardous materials.

Nearby residents were advised of the situation and given the option to leave or remain in their homes with windows and doors closed. There was no fire or injuries as a result of this incident. This case remains
under investigation.

  1. #1 by GST on February 7, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    >I'm glad they got this place…just one of many, everywhere. The sad thing is that it really does not matter where you live anymore. Greenville, Ansonia, Troy, Eaton, Coldwater,Pitsburg…..drugs of some kind exist in every town, in every state. The best we can do is support the law enforcers that have an uphill job, teach our kids about this stuff, and continue to hit offenders as hard as possible.Just my thoughts. I know, the war on drugs in darn near impossible.

  2. #2 by MissT on February 7, 2011 - 8:55 pm

    >More great publicity for the City of Greenville…(heavy sigh)

  3. #3 by bob on February 7, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    >Good job Darke County Drug Task Force some more drug dealers off the streets.

  4. #4 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 12:17 am

    >Small towns are excellent locations for this type of drug production. ALL residents should keep eyes open and REPORT.

  5. #5 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 2:31 am

    >I agree, small towns are excellent locations because of less help. Drug addiction is a disease like cancer or alzheimers. What I don't understand is why our law enforcement has been "watching" them for some time now….why didnt they intervene with help, support, another option… instead of waiting till this point. They will do their time, get out, & return to the same places, with the same people. Its a viscious cycle, & maybe if we put just as much energy into breaking that cycle as we do making it…things would be different.

  6. #6 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 4:24 am

    >There have been drugs in our county as long as I can remember, if there wasn't such a demand, then there wouldn't be any suppliers. Businesses should get together and offer rewards to people that want to give information that leads to the arrest of this scum. Our town's reputation is in the toilet right now and we need a big plunger.

  7. #7 by Curt on February 8, 2011 - 9:09 am

    >Annonymout 9:31. You say drug addiction is a disease like cancer or altzheimers. Are you nuts? A drug addict willfully chooses to become an addict. He or she has the choice to say no to drugs. I have never met an altzheimers patient who decided to become one. You insult the millions of people who have dealt with a cancer or altzheimers patient in their families.People like you making excuses for addicts and the other criminals who make money off of them make me ill. You say you wonder why the sheriff's office waited and watched a while before they "intervened". Duh, maybe because they wanted to gather enough evidence to convict them. What type of "support" should they have offered the three criminals running their meth lab? These three people are not victims who according to you just contacted a disease. They were profiting by selling illegal drugs to other criminals. Stop making excuses for drug crime.

  8. #8 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    >Did the article say they were drug users??? which if they were, in a skewed way, maybe it could be considered a disease,like cigarettes or alcohol, no one ever feels they will become addicted! BUT making Meth and selling it is in NO WAY a disease…..that for sure is a conscious choice and what they get is what they deserve!!!!!!!!!!

  9. #9 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    >Thank you Curt!I for one am a family member of an Alzheimer's patient. My grandmother never CHOSE to have this disease, nor did her loving family have a way to stop it. Also, for many years I cared for patients with cancer. Again, these people do not choose this option for life. 9:31 – People with cancer or Alzheimers did not choose this option. Drug addicts CHOSE to take the first drug that made them an addict. So please do not try to compare these to one another.

  10. #10 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    >Curt 4:09. Drug addiction is a disease! Maybe if you would do alittle reading about it, and just not what you think you know or watch on Fox news you would know that. Greenville is not going to get better till the addicts get the help that they need. If we just keep sweeping them under the rug as criminals, then nothing is going to change in Greenville. Its people like you who insult other people, but doesnt want to help. Do alittle reading and understanding before you pass judgement.

  11. #11 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    >Curt. I held my grandmothers hair back as she threw up because of chemo & held my fathers hand as he struggled for his last breath due to cancer. I am a nurse and have taken care of alzheimer patients, my heart goes out to any family member who has to deal with these terrible diseases. But I have also taken care of drug addicts & alcoholics & seen the pain in their families. With all do respect Curt Im sure every decision you have made hasnt been the best. All it takes is one bad decision to become addicted, especially with meth. I never said they were victims & there are no excuses being made. I want them off the streets just as much as anyone else. I am simply saying that something else needs to be done. Im sure you know the definition of insanity. Drug addicts & dealers generally dont get life… so when they get out what happens? Maybe the laws should be more harsh, especially as juveniles along with true means of rehab. I have to correct you, they were not charged for selling..it was manufacturing.

  12. #12 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 10:02 pm

    >My heart is bleeding for those 3 people who contacted a disease that forces them to make meth to sell to the other poor diseased addicts. Cry me a river. People who make excuses for people with drug problems are enablers. Maybe these people just need a hug. Get in the real world folks.

  13. #13 by Anonymous on February 8, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    >Curt & 5:02 PM:No one is asking you to cry them a river. You don't even have to accept that drug addiction is a disease if you don't want to. That being said, instead of simply responding with a gut reaction — instead of reacting emotionally — it might benefit everyone impacted by drug addiction (all of us) to actually study up on the nature of addiction. Responses like some of those here will do nothing to relieve the stress on communities. If anyone is disconnected from the real world, it is people who dismiss the complexity of this problem in such flippant ways.Until it is admitted by the justice system that criminalization alone will not work to alleviate our nation's drug problem, we will continue to see the explosion in use.

  14. #14 by Darke Journal on February 8, 2011 - 10:33 pm

    >No more anonymous comments will be accepted. You must take the small extra step of signing in with a name of your choosing.

  15. #15 by Mr on February 8, 2011 - 11:13 pm

    >If it's a disease, then lets cure these miserable excuses for human beings by locking them up for the rest of their wretched worthless lives so they are never again tempted. Give me a break. I have ZERO sympathy for drug addicts. If I pick up a gun and shot myself in the face, would you call that a disease? No, it was a stupid choice, it's no different than doing drugs, except it just takes longer to kill you. Sadly, it's not instantaneous death, otherwise we would eventually be free of these vermin in our community. Lock them up and throw away the key.If you want to play the what about the poor family members card, where are these poor poor family members when these people are doing it for the 15 years prior? Ben Jones was doing drugs when he was in high school. He has always been a loser, and has always been a criminal since he entered adulthood. Where were his parents and family members then? Sorry, but I have no sympathy, sometimes people are just born worthless. These are three examples of that.

  16. #16 by VLM on February 9, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    >I bet you have ZERO sympathy for a lot of people. That's what makes this such a nice community. There are so many people around here who take this same attitude with people who have had less than perfect existences. What really gets me is that nearly everyone who lives in this area would proclaim from the mountaintops that they are big believers in Jesus Christ. Yet their daily rhetoric sounds as if Christ has had absolutely nothing to do with their lives or their thinking. The bigger kicker is that I'm not even a believer, and I'm able to see the disparity between all of this invective being traded amongst the believers in town over fence posts and in line at the coffee shop, and the words of their supposed savior. Cognitive dissonance much?I'll take a few drug addicts in town if we can get rid of the sanctimony of so many of our residents.

  17. #17 by MJ on February 9, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    >VLM 10:57 About time someone brings up how many people in this town say they are believers and followers, but want to bash everyone and have zero sympathy. Makes me sick! Nothing in this community is going to change till people have a change of heart and some sympathy. Keep thinking about locking them all up forever, and nothing will change here. As far as all the church going Jesus Christ believers who want to bash drug addicts and everyone else, your lower then they are.

  18. #18 by Mr on February 9, 2011 - 7:34 pm

    >I'm an atheist, your argument has nothing to do with me, nice try. If you are willing to tolerate drug addicts, you are part of the problem, no the solution.They are cockroaches that scurry when the light of the law is shown on them, they should be treated as such. Only a bleeding heart would believe that all people are born good. Here is a hard fact about reality, some people are just born bad. I do have zero sympathy, they do nothing but bring sorrow, pain and crime in to our community. If anyone is willing to overlook that in the name of forgiveness, then you don't belong here either.

  19. #19 by LUV on February 11, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    >Mr. WOW! Its amazing how much ignorance & hate there still is in ths world. I wont pass judgment on you but i will pray for you just as i pray for the 3 drug addicts. Its ironic that your names are on the same list. Im curious what you would say to a baby born addicted & they crave that high from the first breath they take making thier roads ahead very difficult to travel. Or the innocent baby born with the "addict" genes running through thier blood. I pray that your life will be perfect enough that no one has to take sympathy on you.

  20. #20 by Mr on February 12, 2011 - 7:27 am

    >I don't need your prayers or your self righteous attitude. Your comparison is ignorant and has nothing to do with these three scumbags. These three people are part of the cancer that is ruining our community. What do you do with cancer? Do you pray for it to learn to get along with the rest of your body, or do you cut it out and kill it to save the patient? The bleeding hearts are part of the reason these losers keep getting a slap on the wrist instead of the punishment they deserve.

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