Martins Ferry man faces drug charges


Times Leader Staff Writer

MARTINS FERRY- Officers from the Martins Ferry Police Department Thursday raided a city residence for a suspected methamphetamine lab.

Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland stated the residence — 507 Clinton St. — had recently come to his attention which sparked the investigation.

“We have been looking at this home, and last night (Wednesday) we gathered enough evidence to take care of the situation,” Chief?McFarland said.

After an early morning entrance into the premises, enough evidence was collected to arrest one man.

Roger Runner, 46, who resides at the address, was booked on charges of the illegal assembly or possession of chemicals, possession of drug abuse instruments, permitting drug abuse and possession of Schedules I and II drugs.

His bond was set at $19,500.

“Officers witnessed individuals throughout the night engaging in drug use on a back porch area.” McFarland stated. “I’m just really pleased with the work these guys have been doing recently, including throughout last night. This is a substance we don’t see too often, as it is more common in the middle of our state. Hopefully this isn’t the tip of something bigger because it’s a very dangerous substance for both the user and the one manufacturing it.”

McFarland also pointed out that his department is one of the few in the area to feature officers properly trained and certified in working with meth labs and their volatile substances.

“In the end we are more worried about the surrounding areas of these sites. There appears to be several households with children on the block, so that is our utmost concern,” McFarland added.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrived at the scene just after noon Thursday to confirm the validity of the substances and collect any more evidence that may have been at the location.

Ed Polli also contributed to this story.

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