A Columbus woman has been indicted by the Ross County Grand Jury as the result of a vehicle accident that led authorities to discover items used in the manufacture of drugs inside of her vehicle.
According to the Ross County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheila D. Perdew, 31, of Columbus, has been indicted on a third-degree felony charge of illegal assembly or possession of chemical for the manufacture of drugs.
The incident took place on November 21st of last year when deputies with the Ross County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 1025 Hough Road in reference to a vehicle accident.
A witness at the scene informed deputies that the driver of the offending vehicle, Sheila D. Perdew, had attempted to leave the scene following the crash.
On speaking with deputies, Ms. Perdew was noted to have had trouble standing on her feet and maintaining her balance, which led to a probable cause search of her vehicle where deputies found items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine including ice packs, lithium batteries, assorted tubing, drain cleaner, filters, butane lighters and clear fluid.
Ms. Perdew was also found to be wanted on an active warrant.
If convicted, Ms. Perdew faces a sentence of up to 36 months in prison along with a fine of $10,000.
Ms. Perdew’s case was the only open case from Friday’s Grand Jury session, which saw 16 cases presented, and all 16 cases returned.