2nd meth lab found along highway in SP

Published 1:53 pm Friday, May 24, 2013

SOUTH POINT — Within less than 24 hours a second meth lab has been found dumped along U.S. 52 after law enforcement disposed of another shake and bake lab Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 9 a.m. Friday the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call from with the Ohio Department of Transportation that a crew member found a package containing plastic pop bottles that had been used to make meth.

“ODOT found it on the berm about 500 yards from where they found one yesterday,” Lt. Barry Call of the Ironton Post of the patrol said Friday.

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On Thursday afternoon the patrol shut down all four lanes of U.S. 52 near Delta Lane for about 15 minutes to allow a deputy from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to neutralize a shake and bake lab ODOT had found.

The patrol had already shut down one eastbound lane when the lab was first found.

“This was similar to the one yesterday,” Call said. “It wasn’t active but had the waste product from where they had made the meth. If it is not handled properly, it can be dangerous.”

This time the patrol restricted eastbound traffic to one lane for about 90 minutes while the meth lab was neutralized.

“I am pretty confident it was thrown out last night or in the morning,” Call said.

Also responding were Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services.