Deputies sieze portable meth lab on county road north of Berryville

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

The first meth lab of 2004 was processed by county authorities on Sunday when an Igloo cooler containing components for meth production was siezed on County Road 441 north of Berryville.

According to a press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, deputies located the cooler after receiving information from a concerned citizen. The cooler contained several items that are common components of a meth lab, including sulfuric acid, sodium chloride, alcohol, ether and a quart jar of suspected ephedrine, according to the Sheriff's Office.

After contacting the Drug Enforcement Agency for clean- up authority, deputies processed the components and a Haz-Mat unit was dispatched to transport the hazardous materials.

Several latent fingerprints were obtained, the press release stated, and the prints, along with other samples, will be sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

Authorities estimate that the lab had the potential of producing two to eight ounces of meth in a 24-hour period. No arrests were made but the investigation is continuing.

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