Vienna man guilty in meth lab operation

WARREN — A Vienna man pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges linking him to a methamphetamine operation out of a trailer where his 4-year-old daughter also lived.

Matthew R. Henderson, 30, 34 Roberts Drive, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who ordered a pre-sentence background report be compiled on the defendant by the Adult Probation Department.

Henderson, who was named in a seven-count indictment in March, was convicted of three felony charges: illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children and aggravated possession of drugs.

The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of 12 years in prison. Ohio law imposes a mandatory sentence of at least three years.

Jail records show Henderson is in custody at the county jail in lieu of posting $25,000 bond.

According to assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Diane Barber, Sheriff’s Office deputies and Vienna police responded to the Roberts Drive mobile home on Dec. 13, 2016, after neighbors reported the odor of ether near the residence.

HazMat crews found ingredients that go into the manufacture of methamphetamine, including Pseudoephedrine, sulfuric acid and cold packs, Barber said. Also found were face masks and the defendant’s 4-year-old daughter, who was taken into the custody of Trumbull County Children Services.