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Meth lab is alleged
Drug-making lab was in car, sheriff says
Thursday, October 24, 2013
From Bulletin staff reports
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday discovered what officers believe was the latest in a growing number of meth labs set up in the area.
Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said the incident began around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, when an officer made a traffic stop in the 900 block of Blue Ridge Yacht Club Road in Bassett. The alleged lab was inside the stopped vehicle, Perry said.
“The car was being operated on the highway,” he added.
He declined to release information about the make or model of the vehicle.
Perry said it is not unheard of for meth labs — places where methamphetamine is cooked illegally — to be operated out of functioning vehicles. The alleged lab discovered Tuesday was not operating at the time of the discovery, Perry said.
Evidence was collected at the scene and sent to the state crime lab for analysis, the sheriff said. The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday, he said.
Perry said the stop marked the 10th time since April that officers have discovered an alleged meth lab in the county.
“Several of these have been discovered this year,” he said. “We’ve found them in homes, abandoned along the side of the road, in vehicles. ... It’s a growing problem in the area.”
Producing drugs in such a lab involves using chemicals that can be volatile and dangerous, Perry said. He urged anyone who has information about this or other alleged meth labs to call Crime Stoppers at 632-7463 or the 911 Dispatch Center at 638-8751.
Meth labs can be dangerous not only to those who work in them but to anyone in close proximity, Perry added. He urged anyone who sees signs of chemicals such as lighter fluid, Drano and lye being used in a way that might suggest drug production to call authorities.
Rewards of up to $1,000 are available through Crime Stoppers for information related to crimes. The amount of the reward depends on the nature of the crime and the substance of the information provided.