Deputies respond to meth lab on church property

Staff Report

March 22, 2014

BIDWELL — Local law enforcement responded to two separate meth-lab type calls on Saturday after suspicious-looking debris was located near a Bidwell-area church.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning first reported at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday that a meth-lab technician with the Gallipolis Police Department had been called to the Apostolic Faith Church on Vale Road in Bidwell after deputies had responded to the area on a report of suspicious trash debris on property owned by the church.

Reportedly, deputies located two one-pot type methamphetamine lab containers in a wooded area behind a church outbuilding.

The technician successfully dismantled the labs, according to Browning, with the assistance of Gallia County EMS and the Springfield Township Fire Department who staged at the scene as a precaution.

Browning later reported that deputies responded to a second meth lab-type call at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Saturday after what looked liked debris was located in the same area on Ohio 160 at Porter.

The Gallipolis Police Department meth lab technician again responded, along with Gallia County EMS and the Springfield Township Fire Department to neutralize the second lab.

Anyone with information in regard to these cases is encouraged to contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office via their tip-line at (740) 446-6555.