VINTON — The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, along with Ohio State Highway Patrol, investigated an abandoned vehicle Tuesday near Vinton that may potentially have contained the chemicals to produce meth.
Troopers responded to an abandoned car in the road near the intersection of Adney Road and State Route 160. Black marks were reportedly found on the road from a semi that had to swerve to avoid hitting it. No one was discovered around the vehicle. Troopers ran the tags and called for a wrecker to remove the car from the road.
As per protocol, troopers went about taking an administrative inventory. As troopers were going through the vehicle, they came across what they recognized as suspicious drug components that are commonly used to create meth.
“We got the call for our meth lab team to come up there,” said Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning. “We responded with the two meth lab-trained deputies. Part of our protocol is we have the fire department come up and stand by to make sure there is nothing explosive that’s going to happen. There are different stages that the product could be in and some are more stable than others. We also have EMS stand by as well as the deputies are suited up because they have to wear the HAZMAT gear.”
Eventually the vehicle was towed away because of reported felony-level amounts of product inside, Browning said. The sheriff said it was likely the case would be handed to the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force. The case is still pending further investigation and the owner of vehicle will likely be contacted.
Wednesday, around 6:30 p.m., deputies received a call about a sports drink bottle with a rubber-like hose hanging from a drilled hole in the container’s lid. The bottle was lying next to a soda machine off State Route 279 in Centerville. Deputies responded, along with Gallia EMS, inspected the item, where it was determined they could safely remove it from the area.
Deputies believe the bottle may have potentially been thrown from a moving vehicle.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.