Two meth labs found within 24 hours last week in Carroll County

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

OAK GROVE ---- Another methamphetamine lab was confiscated last Thursday, bringing the latest tally to two labs within 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday.

The lab taken down on Thursday was determined to be "very large" lab, according to Sheriff Chuck Medford.

Investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff's Dept. had just finished processing on Wednesday a different lab found in a black bag on Hillside Drive on Holiday Island, and turned over the chemicals from the bag to a clean-up contractor for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The black bag was a significant find, containing a disassembled meth lab capable of producing two- to nine-ounces of meth each time. Medford said Holiday Island Deputy Robert Jones was tipped to the bag's location in the weeds on Hillside, and he turned the matter over to the investigative unit.

The bag was searched and dusted for fingerprints before the chemicals were sent off to the DEA subcontractor.

At about 9:30 p.m. the next day, the sheriff's office received a 911 call from a residence on Highway 103 North of Green Forest, concerning possible domestic abuse and assault in the Oak Grove area.

While investigating the call, Deputies Greg Noftsger and Jason Hunt developed information about a possible methamphetamine lab in a shed behind the caller's house.

Medford said that further information revealed a "very large," working lab capable of producing between nine ounces and as much as two pounds of methamphetamine at each cooking.

"It was also discovered that this (meth cook) was able to produce (his) own anhydrous ammonia, which is a major component in the production of methamphetamine and is very volatile," Medford said.

Drug investigators say that in the past, meth cooks have had to steal anhydrous ammonia, but some have now discovered how to make the powerful chemical on their own.

Medford said a quantity of finished methamphetamine product was seized along with the lab and its components. The hazardous materials contractor had to be called back to this area to deal with the chemicals found in the shed.

No arrests have yet been made in either the Holiday Island incident or the Oak Grove incident, but Medford said an arrest warrant may be pending in the Oak Grove incident.

Medford said the seizures bring to 22 the number meth labs seized in Carroll County since February.

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