Meth Lab Items Shut Down Station

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BELLAIRE – A dangerous situation involving meth lab materials in Bellaire was diffused Thursday without any injuries occurring.

The Bellaire Police Department, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office and the Neffs Fire Department were busy deactivating the materials that had been removed from a house in the 4200 block of Harrison Street and transported to the village building by Police Chief Mike Kovalyk. The chief said he didn’t realize how dangerous and volatile the materials were.

Kovalyk said he feels fortunate that he wasn’t injured while transporting the materials. He noted the village building was closed for the day because of a power outage. He added that the materials were placed in a secure location.

According to the chief, a female who was in the house could face charges. Kovalyk said a male fled when police arrived and they are working to identify him.

Officials said a child was in the house at the time of the discovery of the items, and Children’s Services was notified.

The investigation is being conducted by the Belmont County Drug Task Force and Bellaire Police.