Bartlesville man arrested after meth lab raid

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Police and drug task force agents raided a Bartlesville house Saturday morning after police officers passing the area earlier noticed a chemical smell in the area.

During the raid, they arrested John Richard Wayne Barcus, 31, after they discovered a suspected meth cooking operation in the home.

Barcus, charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of opium or derivative, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer, appeared in Washington County District Court Monday where the judge set his bond to $150,000.

According to the report, police shortly after midnight on Saturday contacted officials with the 11 th Judicial Drug Task Force about a possible site where meth cooking was taking place.

Two officers had earlier driven past a residence on the 1100 block of S.W. 15 th Street and noticed a chemical smell commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine, they said

Drug task force officials then gathering at the scene with police — and firefighters and an ambulance as a precaution — approached the residence and spoke to Barcus at the doorway.

When they informed him of the smell and asked permission to enter, he reportedly tried to shut the door, at which point they forced the door open, took Barcus to the floor and handcuffed him.

Officials then walking through the home to find other individuals and the source of the smell encountered an elderly woman whom they instructed to meet an officer toward the front of the house.

Upon entering one room, drug task force officials saw a slight fog, and numerous items indicating meth cooking activity, among those being a can of camp fuel, a large 2-liter bottle bearing liquid with slivers of apparent lithium and two plastic bottles with tubing protruding from their caps.

After this finding, officials arrested Barcus.

Among the other items found were two empty blister packs of pseudoephedrine, an empty box of the same and a prescription bottle containing four white pills and several pill fragments of hydrocodone.

Officials then testing the substance in the 2-liter bottle found earlier found it tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to the report, the house where the meth lab was found was "slightly less than 400 feet" from Jane Phillips Elementary School.

Court records indicate Barcus has numerous felony convictions in Washington County, including feloniously pointing a firearm, cruelty to animals, harboring a fugitive, domestic abuse by strangulation and knowingly concealing stolen property.

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