PDT Staff Writer
Being in the possession of a stolen vehicle is a bad way to start your day. Being caught with a clandestine meth lab in that vehicle will completely ruin your day. That was the way things went for two Lucasville men Thursday.
Pike County Sheriff Richard Henderson said on Thursday deputies located a stolen vehicle at the Super Quik South parking lot in Waverly. Henderson said the occupants fled the scene on foot, but were immediately captured by Deputy Joel Jenkins and Sergeant Shaun Fyffe of the Waverly Police Department.
Henderson said that after inventorying the vehicle, deputies discovered a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. He said Major Timothy Dickerson was contacted to neutralize the meth lab with the assistance of the Waverly Fire Department and the Pike County EMS.
Henderson said the driver of the stolen truck was identified as Henry Smith, 36, of Lucasville. He said Smith was arrested for several outstanding arrest warrants in addition to new charges of receiving stolen property, illegal manufacturing, illegal assembly and possession of criminal tools. No bond was set because of pending arrest warrants.
A passenger in the truck, Ryan Norman, 38, also of Lucasville, was charged with receiving stolen property, illegal manufacturing, illegal assembly and possession of criminal tools. Norman’s bond was set at $100,000, and both were placed in the Scioto County Jail.
Henderson said it is the seventh clandestine meth lab discovered in Pike County this year. He said Dickerson’s training and qualifications in the cleanup process of those labs has saved Pike County an estimated $9,000.
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