UHRICHSVILLE - Two women are being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail on felony charges after chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found in the trunk of their vehicle Tuesday.
According to Patrolman Mark Meftah, Lindsey Childress, 25, of 1102 Vine St., Coshocton, and Ambure Kelley, 30, of 828 Eastport Ave., Uhrichsville, each have been charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony in the second degree and a misdemeanor count of abusing harmful intoxicants.
Meftah said that while on patrol on Jaycee Drive at about 11:25 p.m., he observed the driver of a car failed to use a turn signal. Meftah said he stopped the vehicle on U.S. Route 36 between Trenton Avenue and Water Street.
Meftah said that upon approaching the vehicle, he observed the two women inside who were acting nervous.
The patrolman said he requested a dog from the sheriff’s department, and the dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle. The patrolman said that while searching the vehicle, police found spice inside and while checking the trunk, found bottles of chemicals used in the production of meth.
Meftah said that while the lab itself was not complete, the chemicals inside the bottles were active, and some of the bottles were pulsing.
The Holmes County Sheriff’s Department, which works in conjunction with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation to dispose of meth labs, was called to the scene.
Meftah said that one lane of County Road 36 was shut down for about two hours while the specialists removed the chemicals from the car’s trunk, neutralized them, and took them away for disposal.
Uhrichsville firefighters and auxiliary police, as well as Smith Ambulance paramedics, assisted on the call.
On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant on a storage building in the city in connection with the incident.