Beloit Township man arrested on meth charges
The arrest marks the first meth case in at least five years in Rock County, sheriff's Capt. Todd Christiansen said. Janesville police investigated a meth case more than five years ago, and that's the last one Christiansen is aware of.
"We would really like to keep meth out of the county, so it is concerning," he said. "And hopefully we don't find any more, but we will be watching it and pursuing any leads."
According to the sheriff's office:
John S. Sharlow Jr., 55, of 3249 W. Alpine Drive, was arrested Tuesday on charges of manufacture of meth, possession of meth within 1,000 feet of a park, possession of material for the manufacture of meth, possession of meth manufacturing waste, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony receiving stolen property.
The arrest was the result of a search warrant executed at Sharlow's home for the search of meth, paraphernalia for production of meth and other drug-related materials.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of paraphernalia related to a meth laboratory, three pots containing ingredients believed to be in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, 3.1 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a stolen gun as well as stolen electronics and tools from reported burglaries in Crawford County and Muscoda.
Investigators still are looking at the connection to the stolen items reported from burglaries in Crawford County and Muscoda, Christiansen said. Possible burglary or theft charges would come from agencies in those locations, he said.
A Beloit Township woman also was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor drug charge.
Members of the sheriff's office Special Investigations Unit, Rock County deputies, GROC FBI Safe Streets Task Force, agents from the Department of Justice–Division of Criminal Investigation and members of the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Task Force, Janesville Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Town of Beloit Police Department executed the warrant.