A routine traffic stop led to a meth lab bust and man's arrest in Geauga County Wednesday.
NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The state attorney general says new hazardous material containers at five sites around Ohio will help authorities more quickly clean up methamphetamine labs they bust.
Attorney General Mike DeWine's Monday announcement in North Canton comes amid a spike in the number of meth labs seized by authorities in Ohio this year. His office says law enforcement agencies have reported a record-high 770 lab seizures during this federal fiscal year.
DeWine says the hazardous material containers will help to reduce the time required to clean up those labs and the costs associated with those efforts.
The units will be housed at five OSP posts and can hold 220-pounds of chemicals. BCI agents will manage the use of the containers, which will be located in secure areas and emptied on a regular basis.
DeWine has said the number of labs has apparently increased, and law enforcement agencies have become more aggressive about targeting them. State officials also have noted that making the drug is relatively cheap and easy.
Lt. Brian Simcox with the Akron Police Department said the department's Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team has taken down 140 meth labs this year. That number is expected to exceed 200 by the end of 2013.
He's happy about the container program, which should be up and running within a few months.
"This gives us a a place to take these without calling a hazmat team from Vermillion, Ohio to come down," Simcox said.
Police are investigating after a "shake and bake" meth lab was found near a shopping plaza in Tallmadge.
"It's an epidemic like I've never seen," said Charles Middleton, the chief deputy of Highland County Sheriff's Department in southwest Ohio.
The state attorney general says new hazardous material containers at five sites around Ohio will help authorities more quickly clean up methamphetamine labs they bust.
Investigators spent Friday night collecting evidence from a methamphetamine lab in Geauga County.
Two men were taken to the burn unit of Akron Children's Hospital after a methamphetamine lab exploded Wednesday night.
Two were charged for a methamphetamine lab fire at a Parma apartment building last month.
The Akron house that has been busted twice for methamphetamine labs in the last few months caught on fire Thursday night.
A 44-year-old man was arrested for making methamphetamine for the second time at the same Akron house since December.
Authorities removed three kids from a Cleveland home after meth lab was discovered. Those children, ages 4 and a half, 2 and a half, and 13 months, are now in the custody of another family member.