One pot meth labs keep turning up and because they are illegal, people keep getting arrested. The latest is Winston C. Hall, 36, of Lucasville. He now faces charges of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony.
At approximately 5:42 p.m., on Oct. 2, a trooper from the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio Highway State Patrol observed a pickup truck being operated without a license plate on Millers Run Fallen Timber Road in Lucasville, Ohio. While following the vehicle, the trooper reported he witnessed an object thrown from the truck. A traffic stop was conducted and the trooper said the passenger in the truck fled on foot. The driver was identified as Hall.
During the course of the investigation, authorities said chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine were found in the truck and the object that had been thrown from the truck was found to be a vessel containing a “one pot” methamphetamine setup. A detective with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force along with an officer with the Portsmouth Police Department responded upon request to process the methamphetamine lab and assist in the investigation.
The passenger that fled from the vehicle was identified and criminal charges are to be filed at a later date.
The case against Hall will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County grand jury.
The one-pot method means that meth cooks can make meth in one sealed container which is generally flipped upside-down to cause the reaction needed to turn several toxic ingredients into meth.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware took the opportunity to thank the Jefferson Township Fire Department and EMS for their assistance at the scene and continue to request anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force; to contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.