Galllipolis police officers stopped a male pedestrian in the 800 block of First Avenue at approximately 9:10 p.m., Lt. Keith Elliott said in a press release. During that stop, officers recovered several prescription pills from John Siders, 56, 844 1/2 First Ave., Gallipolis.
During the investigation, they determined that Siders was in possession of components that are commonly used in the production of methamphetamine, Elliott said.
Gallipolis officers, with the assistance of a Gallia County Sheriff's deputy, checked the surrounding area and found a small outbuilding near the riverbank, Elliott said. The officers noticed a strong chemical smell coming from inside the building.
Because they suspected that an active meth lab was inside, the officers contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Indentification and Investigation. The BCI&I has specially trained teams to deal with the hazardous materials used in meth production, Elliott said.
The BCI&I team checked the interior of the outbuilding, removed the hazardous chemicals and collected evidence in anticipation of possible prosecution, Elliott said.
As of Tuesday evening, Siders remained in the Gallia County Jail on $100,000 bond. He was charged with felony possession of drugs.