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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Two men are in the Scioto County Jail after officers distrupted a meth lab.

Paul G. Francis, 45, of 4491 Long Fork Road in Pike County, is charged with the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine and illegal assembly and possession of drug abuse instruments. Christopher A. Irvin, 24, of 4695 Long Fork Road, was arrested for several outstanding warrants and has charges pending related to the meth lab.

Pike County Sheriff Richard Henderson said on Sunday deputies responded to the area of Long Fork Road in reference to an unexplained odor. When they arrived, deputies Chris Cottrell and Zach Dixon identified that odor as ether. They were then able to locate it coming from 4491 Long Fork Road. The deputies approached the home and were able to take the two suspects who were attempting to flee from the rear of the residence into custody.

Henderson said the homeowner, Francis, cooperated with deputies in directing them to the methamphetamine ingredients. Major Timothy Dickerson of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office was then contacted and came to the scene to neutralize the ingredients which are commonly known as a “one pot cook lab.” Pike County Hazmat, Elm Grove 500 Fire Department and Pike County squads No. 1 and No. 8 assisted in the cleanup.

Both men were taken to the Scioto County Jail and a case will be presented to an upcoming term of the Pike County grand jury.

Henderson took the opportunity to remind Pike County residents to be on the lookout for suspicious odors or activity that could imply the production of methamphetamine.

“If you suspect that methamphetamine is being produced or are able to provide any information relating to criminal activity, please contact the Pike County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 740-947-2111, extension 50,” Henderson said. “All calls can remain anonymous.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.

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