Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Eaton Man and Woman Each Receive Prison Term for Methamphetamine Lab

Published on June 15th, 2010


Richard Freeman and Rachael Asher, both of Eaton, recently received mandatory prison terms for the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

On June 8, 2010, 35-year-old Richard Freeman was sentenced by the Preble Court Court of Common Pleas to a mandatory term of three (3) years in prison for his conviction on one count “Illegal Manufacture of Drugs” (R.C. 2925.04(A)), a felony of the second degree.  Freeman had previously entered a guilty plea to the offense on May 21, 2010, receiving the mandatory minimum sentence pursuant to plea agreement with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.  On June 15, 2010, Freeman’s girlfriend, Rachael Asher, received a mandatory two (2) year prison term for ”Illegal Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Methamphetamine”.

On March 30, 2010, Inv. David Lindloff of the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office received a tip that unknown persons were seen carrying propane tanks into the residence located at 702 Oakland Drive, Eaton; propane tanks are commonly used by methamphetamine producers to store anhydrous ammonia, a common fertilizer used in the meth manufacturing process.  Det. Shanda McWhinney of the Eaton Police Division responded to the address for a “knock and talk” and was welcomed inside by resident Ginger Freeman.  Ginger Freeman’s son Richard Freeman and his girlfriend Rachael Asher also lived at the residence.  While in the house, Det. McWhinney spoke with Richard Freeman and discovered a large number of items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine inside Freeman’s room, including drain cleaner, rock salt, coffee grinders, pseudophedrine boxes, and solvents.  An active methamphetamine “cook” was also found in the room.  Freeman, Asher, and two other persons present in the home, John Elam and Jason Fudge, were arrested.

Freeman eventually admitted his involvement in methamphetamine manufacture, and implicated his girlfriend Rachael Asher in the operation as well.  The other defendants, Elam and Fudge, entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges, as there was ultimately no evidence to suggest the two were actively involved in the meth cook or in possessing the illicit items discovered in Freeman’s room.

Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel:  “Methamphetamine is a dangerous and addictive drug, and it’s a scourge on our community.  The conviction and prison sentence of both Freeman and Asher demonstrate that although law enforcement resources in Preble County have been compromised by the poor economy, the eradication of methamphetamine is still a priority and effective enforcement is still taking place to protect our community.”