ZENA – A Zena man has been arrested after drug task force officers searched the property and discovered items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Rodney Melvin Crawford, 48, has been arrested and a bond of $60,500 was set in district court Thursday morning.

According to Drug Task Force Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel, he received information that Crawford was possibly manufacturing methamphetamines at his residence. A background check on Crawford resulted in the discovery that he is currently on probation in Mayes County where he pled guilty to charges of possession of precursor substance (used in manufacturing methamphetamines) and possession of firearm while in the commission of a felony.

Captain Teel along with Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Berry went to the home Wednesday morning and found evidence associated with the manufacturing of meth on Crawford’s property.

Delaware County Environmental Officer Jeff Wright was contacted due to the nature of the evidence and during his investigation it was determined that Crawford was allegedly illegally burning refuge on the property, a violation of the Oklahoma Clean Air act.

Crawford was taken into custody at that time and before he was transported to the Delaware County Jail he turned over a clear plastic baggie, of what later tested positive as methamphetamines, hidden in his cap to the arresting officer.

He could face possible charges of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, reckless disregard of pseudoephedrine and violation of the Oklahoma Environmental Quality Code.

He will return to district court on Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m.