Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Grove Police were called to a domestic situation at the Garden Walk Apartments Friday night, only to walk into a situation that turned out to be much more.

A twenty-year-old mother came home to find that her boyfriend brought a meth lab into their apartment and an argument ensued. A one-month-old baby was living in the apartment with the couple.

The woman, Destiny O’Bryant, 20, claimed she came home and saw her boyfriend, Jacob Hayes, 28, with a bottle (shake n’ bake) in the bedroom and started an argument with him.

“Based on the circumstances, we put the child into protective custody with DHS after being examined at Grove Hospital,” said Detective Sergeant John Morrow of the Grove Police Department.

“This was just good work on the part of our guys. Ray Harvey and Jeff Glenn did an outstanding job,” said Morrow.

Police allegedly found some items that led them to believe there were drugs in the home and called Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Teel in to help certify and process the alleged meth lab.

According to Morrow, an additional lab was found by a nearby creek bed. Police believe they were able to clean up the area.

Hayes was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment. No charges are currently pressed against O’Bryant. The investigation is still on going.

“It’s important to emphasis that all the agencies worked together. Detective Morrow is our lead guy when comes to drug enforcement. He works with the state, OBNDD, Delaware County, Ottawa County, Drug Task Force and they assist us within the city limits of Grove, and he works closely with them out there in Ottawa and Delaware counties. That’s the only way this works. As individual agencies, no one has the resources or funding to deal with what’s out there so we pull all those resources together. Without doing that, the problem would continue to get bigger and bigger,” said Grove Police Chief Mark Morris.

“The cooperation is tremendous. They are talking to each other on a daily basis, working cases together, so this place, this section of the state is covered. Everyone works together. It’s the only way it’s going to work, it’s the only way we're going to make a difference and have the ability to fight drugs locally,” Morris added.