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Two arrested for alleged active meth lab in SP



Two South Point men have been arrested for allegedly operating an active meth lab in the village Tuesday evening.

According to a release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the agency got an anonymous tip of drug activity at 60 Township Road 616 in South Point.

The deputy dispatched to the scene called for assistance after speaking with the resident and two other individuals and allegedly witnessing signs of meth activity.

The Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force was working in the area and assisted the sheriff’s office, the release stated. A subject fled on foot from the residence. Deputies and task force agents searched the area; however he was not located.

According to the release, meth was actively cooking on the second floor of the home, causing a fog of gas. Investigators allegedly witnessed devices, ingredients and equipment used in the production of meth. The residence was secured and the two remaining suspects were taken into custody.

Arrested were Eric Roach, 35, of 1529 County Road 1, South Point, and Mark Wiley II, 30, of 60 Township Road 616, South Point. Wiley is charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs. Roach is charged with complicity to the illegal manufacture of drugs.

Both were taken to the Lawrence County Jail and will be arraigned Friday in Lawrence County Municipal Court.

A third suspect is being sought and a warrant is being obtained for resisting arrest and illegal manufacture of drugs.

The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist, due to the chemical reactions occurring in the cooking potentially igniting. The sheriff’s office contacted drug task force deputies with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office to assist in processing the scene and stabilizing the volatile chemicals, thus rendering them safe.