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Meth lab suspect re-arrested on threatening 'potential witness'

Cary Ashby • Updated Feb 26, 2018 at 2:13 PM

The main suspect in the recent Cline Street meth lab raid is accused of texting a threatening message to someone involved in the case.

Brandon W. Henderson, 34, of 13 Cline St., is charged with intimidation of a crime victim or witness. If convicted of the third-degree felony, he faces one to five years in prison.

“He threatened a potential witness in the case. He was out on bond. He posted bond Friday evening,” Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said. “It happened Saturday morning.”

Fulton said he is securing a search warrant to access the phone so he can retrieve the messages that Henderson reportedly sent.

Henderson had turned himself into police Feb. 17, two days after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest. Officers had been looking for him since the special response team (SRT) used a search warrant the morning of Feb. 15 at a suspected methamphetamine lab at Henderson’s residence.

Initially, Henderson was charged with illegal manufacturing of meth. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to eight years in prison.

On Friday, Henderson posted a $40,000 bond after spending about six days in the Huron County Jail, according to jail records.

About the threat allegations, Fulton said they are a separate crime, but could be considered a violation of the suspect’s condition of bond. The detective is seeking to have Henderson’s bail revoked.

A suspected accomplice in the meth lab case has been released from custody. 

Jessica S. Bryan, 26, most recently of 13 Cline St., was charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of meth. According to jail records, she was released from jail Friday on a court order as her case is being presented to a grand jury for a possible indictment.

Bryan had been unable to post a $40,000 bond since her Feb. 15 arrest on Cline Street. Also arrested at the scene was Henderson’s younger brother, Jacob G. Henderson, 29, of 21 Parsons St. He was arrested on an undisclosed probation violation through Norwalk Municipal Court.

While on Cline Street, authorities said they placed two children, ages 7 and 13, in the temporary custody of other relatives. Police also discovered two people at the scene inside a vehicle. Fulton has said the pair wasn’t arrested, but were transported to the station, interviewed and released.

Members of the SRT used the search warrant at 13 Cline St. at 11:41 a.m. Feb. 15. The drug raid closed Cline from League to Fruen streets. North Central EMS and the Norwalk Fire Department were on stand-by.

“We had been aware of this since probably January,” Fulton said shortly after the raid. “I think he (Henderson) had been doing this longer. … He is the main person.”

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and members of METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, collected evidence and processed the scene for a couple hours. Lab results from BCI are pending.

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