During an investigation Thursday at a home in Licking, police officers located numerous illegal items including a meth lab.

A Licking man faces numerous drug charges following an investigation Thursday at a residence on Rodgers Street.

According to Licking Police Chief Scott Lindsey, officers obtained consent to search the residence and located components used to manufacture methamphetamine, along with a jar containing more than 90 grams of liquid meth, other illegal drug items and an illegal firearm.

Charles B. Werline, 36, of Licking, was arrested at the scene on numerous meth-related charges and multiple other charges, including possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance in a residence within 2,000 feet of a school, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, distribution of a controlled substance in a protected location, first-degree drug trafficking, possession of a firearm unlawful for certain persons, unlawful use of firearm and possession of defaced firearm. 

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During an investigation Thursday at a home in Licking, police officers located numerous illegal items including a defaced pistol that was illegally possessed.

Werline was transported to the Texas County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold. Lindsey said a probable cause statement would be submitted to the Texas County prosecutor seeking additional drug charges against multiple other suspects involved in this investigation.

The lab and all materials used in manufacturing the drugs were safely collected and dismantled by agents of the South Central Drug Task Force.

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