Athens Co. Deputies Find Pot, OU Chemicals And Keys

By
Todd Ward

Dateline
Updated Thu, Oct 11, 2012 3:35 pm

Athens law enforcement found chemicals believed to be Ohio University property and 20 pounds of marijuana in the search of a man's Bean Hollow home Wednesday.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly says his officers were acting on a tip someone at the home might be growing marijuana.

He says deputies did a drive-by and saw marijuana on the front porch.

Officers arrested 33-year-old Phil Bell of Athens around 5:30 p.m.

Bell is being charged with cultivation and trafficking drugs.

Besides the marijuana and chemicals from OU, officers also found a large number of master keys belonging to Ohio University.

Kelly says Bell is likely to face charges from Ohio University as well and Athens County Childrens Services were notified because the plants were being grown in the presence of an infant child.

Bell is currently being held at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

A university spokeswoman confirms Phil Bell is an OU employee, but did not say in which department.

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