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Authorities conduct largest meth bust in Belmont County history

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Officers of the Belmont County Drug Task Force worked through the night to uncover/contain a 71-pot meth lab discovered outside of Bellaire early Monday morning. Officers of the Belmont County Drug Task Force worked through the night to uncover/contain a 71-pot meth lab discovered outside of Bellaire early Monday morning. Photo courtesy of WTRF

Task Force chief: 71 pots uncovered, contained Monday near Bellaire

BELLAIRE, Ohio -- Authorities in Belmont County say they conducted the largest meth lab bust in county history near Bellaire early Monday morning.

Commander John McFarland, head of the Belmont County Drug Task Force, told AVC News that his officers, along with agents of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, uncovered a 71-pot meth lab at a vacant property on High Ridge Road, just off of State Route 214, early Monday morning. Comm. McFarland said that the information they had gathered did not prepare them for the scope of the activity:

McFarland said that an outside contractor had to be called in to assist in the clean-up effort, as the Task Force did not have enough equipment to ensure it could be done safely.

In 2013, the Belmont County Drug Task Force uncovered and contained 12 meth labs. McFarland said the Task Force has already busted that many this year.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with Monday morning's operation. An investigation is ongoing.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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