LEETONIA- The Columbiana County Drug Task Force Monday evening broke up a one-pot meth lab on Chestnut Street.
DTF agents raided the home at 193 Chestnut Street at around 5 p.m. and spent three hours collecting items from the lab discovered in the basement, according to DTF Director Brian McLaughlin. Items recovered included the one-pot lab (commonly known as a shake-and-bake), generators and chemicals used in the production of crystal meth.
McLaughlin said that charges are pending lab results and the raid culminated an eight-month investigation of the residence initiated by tips.
Clad in a fire and chemical resistant suit, a member of the county drug task force removes materials used in mixing chemicals to create suspected meth from a home on Chestnut Street in Leetonia. Behind him is a Leetonia firefighter with an extinguisher at the ready. The drug task force agent gathers samples as evidence of a meth lab. Some of the faces have been distorted to protect the identifies of the DTF and DEA agents.
Leetonia Police Chief John Soldano pointed toward his department having a full-time detective on the DTF and expressed hope that more busts in the village will be forthcoming.
"We're dedicated to having an officer on the task force and assigning one full-time has been a big, big benefit to the village," he said. "[The raid] is a true testament to that detective and the task force working together to do their very best to correct this drug problem. Leetonia is not exempt...We know it's (drugs) there and we know it's a major problem."