POMEROY — Officers in both Gallia and Meigs counties responded to calls concerning methamphetamine labs on Thursday, just one day after labs were located at two Middleport residences.
The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office responded to its first methamphetamine lab call of 2013 on Bailey Run Road at around 7 p.m. Thursday night.
According to Chief Deputy Charlie Mansfield, the department received a citizen complaint of suspicious material on Bailey Run Road outside of Pomeroy.
Meigs County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Smith responded to the scene and confirmed that the material was an abandoned meth lab.
The Middleport Police Department methamphetamine neutralization team, and the Pomeroy Fire Department also responded to the scene to neutralize the lab.
Mansfield said at this time there have been no arrests made and there are no suspects. The investigation into the case continues.
Deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of meth lab debris in the McCully Road area of Addison Township on Thursday.
The scene was processed by specially trained responders with the department, EMS and the Gallipolis Fire Department.
According to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the office has seen an increase in discarded meth making materials. With this in mind, it is important for area residents to know what to look for in order to stay safe.
Items to look for at meth lab dump site include: bottles or jars with rubber tubing attached; propane tanks with fittings that have turned blue or green; strong smell of urine or unusual chemicals smells such as ether, ammonia or acetone; an unusual amount of cold tablet containers that list ephedrine or pseudophedrine as ingredients; jars or bottles containing liquid with a white or red-colored solid on the bottom; jars or bottles containing iodine or dark, shiny, metallic purple crystals inside the bottles; jars or bottles containing red phosphorus or a fine, dark red or purple powder; coffee filters containing a white pasty substance, a dark red sludge, or small amounts of shiny white crystals; bottles containing sulfuric, muriatic or hydrochloric acid; glass cookware or frying pans containing a powdery substance; a large number of cans of camp fuel, paint thinner, acetone, starter fluid, lye or drain cleaners containing sulfuric acid or bottles containing muriatic acid; large numbers of lithium batteries, especially ones that have been stripped; soft silvery or gray metallic ribbon (in chunk form) stored in oil or kerosene.
Suspicious activity or material can be reported to the Sheriff’s Office at (740) 446-1221 in Gallia County, and in Meigs County at (740) 992-3371.