By Sarah Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Hillsboro men are facing third-degree felony charges after Highland County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly found items used to manufacture methamphetamine in a vehicle.
According to an affidavit filed with the Hillsboro Municipal Court, deputies responded to a possible theft in the 2500 block of U.S. Highway 50 shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday.
When they arrived, deputies reportedly “observed a brown Pontiac Grand AM with the trunk wide open,” the affidavit states.
The deputies also reported seeing two males – later identified as Argentina R. Hill, 45, and James M. Rust, 44 – in the vicinity of that vehicle.
According to the affidavit, when Rust saw the deputies, he allegedly “turned to run back toward the building and grabbed a brownish colored bag and threw it into the back of the trunk and shut the trunk.”
He and Hill then allegedly “took off running for a short time,” the affidavit adds. After both were ordered to stop and get to the ground, they reportedly complied.
The affidavit further states that, when Hill was running, he allegedly “threw a syringe from his hand,” which was later recovered.
As deputies passed the vehicle, they reportedly noticed a strong chemical odor. After obtaining a search warrant, they allegedly located “numerous items … (used) to manufacture methamphetamine,” according to the affidavit.
The affidavit adds that Hill and Rust are charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Court records show the charges are third-degree felonies.
Both appeared in the municipal court on Monday. Preliminary hearings for each are scheduled for July 16, according to court records. Their bonds are set at $70,000.
Records add that they are prohibited from having contact with each other. They are also prohibited from driving and must report to the probation department if they post their respective bonds.
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Photo: James Rust