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Two men are behind bars after an active meth lab was recently discovered at their Gratz residence.
According to the police reports, police were investigating a complaint on July 14 made by Michael J. Shaw’s girlfriend, when Shaw barricaded himself in a house located at 9695 Hwy. 355.
After securing Shaw, 29, police found an active meth lab inside the residence. Marijuana and a pipe were also found in the residence.
Shaw, a convicted felon, allegedly admitted to hiding a shotgun inside a closet, as well as discarding shell casings by throwing them over a nearby hill.
A second man, Clay Couch, 53, was also charged and allegedly attempted to obscure the meth lab by hiding it in a vent within the residence.
Shaw was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; first-degree wanton endangerment; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; tampering with physical evidence; possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Couch was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine; first-degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence.
The two appeared in Owen District Court Friday.
Both Couch and Shaw pleaded not guilty to the charges and were appointed public advocates.
Preliminary hearings for both were set for July 25.