Marion County arrests two in weekend meth bust

Jason HaasKatherine LagerSALEM — The meth busts keep coming in Marion County, with the sheriff’s department arresting two more people this weekend on suspicion of manufacturing the drug.

Deputies arrested 35-year-old Jason Haas, of Salem, and 35-year-old Katherine Lager of Carlyle Saturday, after going to Haas’ home to question him about a large number of purchases of pseudoephedrine.

Haas reportedly showed deputies what appeared to be a meth lab located behind the seat of his truck. The State Police Meth Response Team was called in to clean up the chemicals. Deputies say Haas later admitted to cooking meth about ten times.

Lager was arrested because she was also allegedly purchasing pseudoephedrine and was present during at least some of the cooks.

Deputies report Haas successfully purchased pseudoephedrine 23 times out of 42 times, with Lager successful in 23 of 26 purchase attempts.

Deputies say Haas was making the meth while driving around in his pickup truck and tossing the manufacturing waste out alongside the road.

Anyone encountering suspicious items in roadside ditches is urged to use caution as some of the items could be meth generators and dangerous.

The two latest arrests are not believed to be tied to any of the other recent meth busts. Additional arrests are expected in the most recent investigation.

Haas was charged in Marion County court this morning with Class 2 felonies for possession of less than 15 grams of meth precursors and possession of meth manufacturing material, as well as a Class 3 felony for possession of less than 5 grams of meth. His bail has been set at $50,000.

Lager has been charged in court with Class 2 felony possession of less than 15 grams of meth precursor. Her bail has been set AT $25,000.