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Investigators work quickly in Chester meth lab bust

Updated: Tuesday, April 15 2014, 06:46 PM EDT

WTOV9.com

HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -- Investigators say it was a dangerous situation for residents and law enforcement officials at a Chester home Tuesday after a warrant was executed, an arrest was made, and all the tools used to make meth were found inside.
It all happened along Arner Road, an area just north of Tomlinson Run State Park.
Officials say members of the area Drug Task Force received a tip that a man was manufacturing methamphetamine. They didn't waste any time launching an investigation and obtaining a warrant.
All items recovered were all sent to a West Virginia State Police crime lab.
As a result of the investigation, Eric Ulbrich was arrested on charges related to the manufacture of meth.
Officials say the 40-year-old admitted to the crime during an interview. And they also learned this wasn't his first time.
“This particular person had experience with it outside of the state,” Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said. “(He) had been arrested for this type of thing in the past. So he brought his newfound education to West Virginia and, thankfully, we were able to shut down this lab relatively quickly.”
Officials said there is still cleanup that will need to be done at the home.
Ulbrich was taken to the Northern Regional Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Investigators say he will be arraigned later this week.

Investigators work quickly in Chester meth lab bust


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