Meth lab found

BELLAIRE – The contents of a mobile meth lab were found at 4711 Noble St. in Bellaire Thursday.

According to Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk, he received a call around 11 a.m., stating that there was a suspicious looking cooler in the weeds at the back of the house. When the neighbor, who made the call opened the cooler, he found the components used to make crystal meth.

The contents of the cooler included a white jug that contained acid, tubing, batteries along with Coleman’s oil and several other items.

“I knew what it was as soon as I seen it and contacted the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and a couple members of the Belmont County Drug Task Force,” said Kovalyk. “The DEA is sending a decontamination team down to dispose of the components … The decontamination team arrived at approximately 4 p.m. and they were able to clear out around 5 p.m.”

The neighbors in the surrounding houses were unaware that the cooler was there. The house sits near a portable basketball court where kids play. Fortunately, school was in session and none of the kids were hurt.

“We are seeing more and more of this portable operations all over the tri-state area,” Kovalyk.

Kovalyk, because of short staffing, was the only officer on duty during the time and was at the scene a total of six hours.

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