JACKSON— The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) has been busy lately as more and more active meth labs are being discovered around the county.
The sheriff’s office reported Wednesday morning it had responded to five methamphetamine labs in four days that had to be neutralized and disposed of.
It all began on Saturday, Dec. 13, when a call came in at 1:16 p.m. from a male at 217 Cambrian Ave. in Jackson. The man said that as he and his wife were cleaning up trash along their fence-line, they came across a yellow bag that started smoking when they picked it up.
When a deputy arrived on scene, the homeowners said they carried the bag approximately 50 yards to put on a pile of trash they planned to burn. Because it appeared to be smoking, however, they decided to look online for a possible explanation, and realized it could be a meth lab.
Upon inspection, the deputy quickly determined the bag contained two one-pot meth labs that had to be neutralized and disposed of. The Jackson Fire Department and Jackson County EMS were also on scene. There are currently no suspects in this case.
Then on Sunday, Dec. 14, at approximately 5 p.m., a deputy responded to a call from the Wellston Police Department which had came across what it suspected were two, one pot meth labs in an old burned out home on North Wisconsin Avenue.
Those two working meth labs had to be neutralized and removed from the scene. The Wellston Fire Department was also on scene with the deputy, along with the Wellston Police Department. At this time there are no suspects in this case either.
On Monday, Dec. 15, at approximately 5:30 p.m., deputies executed a search warrant at 1098 Phillip Kuhn Road in Oak Hill. At that residence law enforcement officers discovered two active one pot meth labs and two inactive one pot meth labs in a garage. A gas generator was also sitting nearby, as were glass jars, pliers, lithium strips, Coleman fuel, and other items associated with the manufacture of meth.
Arrested at the scene was Darold Adkins, 29. He was charged with the illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony.
Adkins is currently incarcerated in the Jackson County Correctional Facility, and other charges are pending.
On Tuesday, Dec. 16, at approximately 8:07 a.m., deputies went to serve a felony warrant on David Canter, 27, of 473 South Gallia St. in Oak Hill. He had warrants for failure to pay child support and failure to appear.
Deputies found that Canter was in the garage of the residence, but he refused to open the door and come out. Law enforcement eventually gained entry to the garage. According to reports, Canter was hiding inside a car, covered with a blanket. Some time went by, but Canter finally climbed out of the car and was arrested.
Law enforcement then found two black bags full of the chemicals and tubing used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Canter was taken into custody on his warrants, and has several other charges pending. He is currently incarcerated at JCCF.
The final incident also occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. in Vinton County. Members of the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office discovered a five-gallon bucket with meth making ingredients inside it on Clarion Road. The JCSO was notified and responded to neutralize and/or dispose of the ingredients, which included lithium batteries, glass jars, liquid fire, and other ingredients.
Again, there are no suspects in this case, at this time.
In three of these instances, a JCSO methamphetamine technician had to suit up and put on the air packs to be able to neutralize the potentially explosive materials.