RACINE — Meigs County Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene of what was described as a “shake and bake” meth lab on Monday afternoon.
Reportedly, Sgt. Dan Leonard of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Monday about a subject possibly high on drugs near the JD Drilling property on Bashan Road.
The caller had approached the site, chasing off two subjects before deputies arrived.
Sheriff Robert Beegle and Deputy Dan Leonard, along with Captain Steve Kane of the Meigs County Major Crimes Task Force, were on scene Monday afternoon in a wooded area just off of Bashan Road.
Law enforcement found a tent and what was described as a one pot methamphetamine operation, with a chemical generator.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called in to neutralize the lab.
Kane, who is in his final week with the task force, said that this was the fifteenth meth lab the task force has handled in two and a half years.
Kane referred to the number of meth labs as an epidemic, which the continued tips for the community help to fight.
This marks the second meth lab discovery in the past 11 days in Meigs County.
The first was discovered in a guest room at the Meigs Motel in the overnight hours of June 14.
Donald P. Carnahan, 31, of Long Bottom, and Leann C. Dill, aka Rendell, 30, of Pomeroy, were arrested in connection with a lab manufacturing methamphetamine in a guest room of the Meigs Motel. A young child, reportedly Rendell’s child, was removed from the scene by Meigs County Children’s Services.
Rendell and Carnahan appeared in Meigs County Court on Monday, waiving their right to a preliminary hearing. Both cases were bound over to the Meigs County Grand Jury which will meet this week.
Rendell was released on house arrest, while Carnahan remains in jail on $500,000 bond.
Carnahan was also charged in mid-May with tampering with drugs (felony three), possession of chemicals (felony three), and drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor four) in connection with a meth lab discovered in Middleport.
Monday’s meth lab remains under investigation by the Major Crimes Task Force and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.