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Charges pending after meth lab bust in Salem

Updated: Thursday, January 2 2014, 04:17 PM EST

By Jennifer Black


Authorities in Columbiana County uncovered a meth lab and several marijuana plants on Sunday while attempting to serve a routine arrest warrant at a home in Salem.

“They smelled a strong odor of marijuana and also saw evidence of drug use in the house," Columbiana County Sheriff Raymond Stone said.

Stone describe what authorities ran into when they went to serve an outstanding warrant at 278 East 8th Street in Salem Sunday around 1 p.m.

According to the incident report, several people were inside the home along with multiple marijuana plants, grow lights and other drug paraphernalia.  According to the incident report authorities also recovered 14 meth cooks, two of which were active.

“Anytime there's meth we consider it a risk, so that's why we ended up calling in the DEA because of the toxic chemicals involved in cleanup,”Stone said.

A unit from the Holmes County DEA, Drug Task Force and the Salem Fire Department remained on scene into Sunday evening to secure the scene, and the evidence was sent to a lab for testing.

“It seems that more and more people are trying their hand at making meth, and it is getting more prevalent in our county,” Stone said.

Stone said the case will likely go before the next grand jury, and charges are expected to be filed for several of the individuals inside of the home at the time of the bust.

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Charges pending after meth lab bust in Salem

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