Union Township investigation led to meth lab bust

By Kristin Bednarski
Sun staff

Union Township Police Chief Terry Zinser updated trustees at their March 28 meeting about a significant investigation that took place in February that led to a meth lab discovery.

Zinser said they began investigating Travis Swinson, 46, of Union Township for sexual conduct with minors, and he was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third degree felony.

During the investigation, Zinser said road patrol units discovered the largest Methamphetamine lab in Clermont County history.

He said the unit dismantled and neutralized the lab and seized 667 grams of Methamphetamine, worth more than $67,000.

“Swinson was charged with sex abuse and drug charges,” Zinser said.

In addition to the sex charges, Zinser said drug charges were submitted to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges included multiple counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, a first degree felony, illegal assembly of chemicals, a second degree felony, trafficking methamphetamine, a first degree felony as well as child endangering, a third degree felony and corrupting another with drugs, a second degree felony.

Swinson remains in Clermont County Jail on a bond of $150,000.

Swinson is next scheduled to be seen in front of Clermont County Common Pleas Court Judge Victor Haddad at 9 a.m. April 17.