- Eyes On
A mobile methamphetamine lab was found after Ohio State Highway Patrol officials pulled over a vehicle on northbound I-75 near milepost 117 at 8:58 p.m. Saturday, south of Cridersville.
Sergeant John Westerfield, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wapakoneta Post, said two individuals, ages 25 and 26, both of New Bremen, were in the 2000 Chrysler Sebring, which was pulled over for a speed violation.
The vehicle contained drugs, drug paraphernalia, a semi-automatic handgun and a semi-automatic assault rifle, which were not loaded.
Westerfield said an agent from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation was sent to neutralize the confirmed meth lab.
The patrol shared information with the Grand Lake Drug Task Force members, who will be continuing the investigation.
Auglaize County Jail inmate lookup records indicate that Davin King, 26, was put in a holding cell for alleged illegal manufacturing of drugs on Sunday, June 29.
Westerfield said that no charges have been filed, as the case was presented to the prosecutor’s office this morning.
While he said it is unusual for law enforcement to walk up to a mobile meth lab, Westerfield said the situation is becoming increasingly common. He described the event as “good training experience” for local emergency responders.
In addition to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, responders to the scene included Cridersville Fire Department, Cridersville EMS, Cridersville Police Department, Uniopolis Fire Department, Grand Lake Drug Task Force, BCI, and Auglaize Emergency Management Agency.