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IPD officers discover mobile meth labs after routine traffic stop

A routine traffic stop Wednesday morning in Ironton resulted in the discovery of mobile meth labs and a suspect fleeing on foot.

Ironton Police Chief Dan Johnson said IPD Sgt. Anthony Forest pulled over a vehicle for going the wrong way on a one-way street. As Forest was writing the driver a citation, he exited his vehicle and fled on foot. Forest and another officer were unable to apprehend the suspect.

Upon returning to the vehicle, Johnson said, Forest discovered remnants of two mobile meth labs inside the vehicle. Perry Adkins from the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force was called in, the vehicle was cleaned and evidence was collected.

Johnson said an arrest has not been made but officers are aware of who the man is because he had given his identification to officers upon being pulled over.