ADDISON TWP. — A second reported meth lab discovered in less than a week in Gallia County was neutralized on Saturday by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a release issued by Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, deputies were dispatched to Johnson’s Ridge Road in Addison Township on Saturday afternoon in reference to an abandoned duffel bag found disposed over a guard rail.
The responding deputy reportedly identified the package as suspicious and sheriff’s office meth lab technicians were dispatched to the scene.
Once on scene, the technicians analyzed the duffel bag and determined that it contained a “one pot” methamphetamine lab.
Upon the request of the technicians, firefighters with the Gallipolis Fire Department were dispatched to the scene to provide safety support.
The deputies removed the harmful chemicals from the area and neutralized the lab.
At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with the discovery of the meth lab on Saturday and authorities are encouraging the public to contact the sheriff’s office tip-line at (740) 446-6555 with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for disposing of the harmful chemicals.
Prior to Saturday’s discovery, three individuals were arrested on Wednesday night in connection with a meth lab discovery at their residence in northern Gallia County.
Travis Klein, 23, Lisa J. Klein, 43, and Ashley L. Hamilton, 28, all of 908 Story’s Run Road, Cheshire Township, were taken into custody and have been charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs, a first degree felony.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday in the Gallipolis Municipal Court before Judge Margaret Evans and their bonds were set at $50,000, 10 percent. No pleas were made and counsel was appointed in each case.
Following preliminary hearings that have been scheduled in each of the three cases this week, it is expected that the cases against the suspects will be bound over the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County where a grand jury will hear charges against the defendants.
Travis Klein is being held in the Gallia County Jail. Lisa J. Klein and Ashley L. Hamilton are currently housed in the Middleport Jail.