Sebring police: Suspect cooked meth just feet away from child’s room

Officers found multiple loaded weapons throughout the house and in the suspect's vehicle.

James Bevins, Chetara Bevins, Deann Bevins, suspects in Sebring meth bust.
L to R: James Bevins, Chetara Bevins, Deann Bevins


SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – Police arrested a man, his wife and daughter in Sebring on Saturday after police uncovered a large methamphetamine operation.

Police were called about 6 p.m. to 424 S. 15th Street on a report of possible drug activity.

The house was swarmed, with officers finding multiple loaded guns and drugs to make meth.

According to a police report, James Bevins, 47, gave police permission to search the house where they found multiple items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including hydrogen peroxide, iodized salt, two liter plastic bottles and multiple packs of pseudoephedrine.

Officers found multiple loaded weapons throughout the house and in Bevins’ vehicle. They also removed a handgun that was strapped to Bevins’ ankle, according to a police report.

Bevins admitted to making meth in the attic. Investigators found residue in a room just ten feet from where his two grandchildren were staying, boys ages 4 and 6.

“I just couldn’t believe everything that was going on, was seeing undercover cops with guns and stuff,” said Erin Suggett of Sebring. “It was so sad, I couldn’t sleep the following night because of it and I’m still having trouble sleeping because of it.”

While police were at the home, Bevins’ wife DeAnn, his daughter Chetara and her two children returned.

Both women admitted that they bought pseudoephedrine knowing that Bevins was using it to make meth.

Police say it was a family operation, including the two children who were in danger but had no idea what was going on. However, there were other children also at risk.

A private daycare is run out of the home next door, just 30 feet away.

Sebring meth house
Police were called about 6 p.m. Saturday to 424 S. 15th Street on a report of possible drug activity and said evidence was found of a meth-cooking operation.

Bevins told investigators that he had a few meth cooks nearly catch fire due to improper handling, but that he was able to get them under control.

“All this stuff needs to stop. It’s so ignorant of people doing it, it’s not worth it,” Suggett said.

James Bevins faces multiple drug charges including illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine, illegal manufacturing (vicinity of juveniles) and possession of criminal tools.

Chetara Bevins was charged with complicity to illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine (vicinity of juveniles) and child endangering.

Deann Bevins was charged with complicity to illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine (vicinity of juveniles).

This is the fifth meth bust in Sebring this month and the seventh this year.

 

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