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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Law enforcement officers never know where they are going to find a meth lab. Thursday Pike County authorities found one inside a stolen truck. Two days earlier, they came across a one-pot operation in the bedroom of a city residence.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware and Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said on Tuesday, at around 10:50 p.m., officers from the Portsmouth Police Department responded to a complaint of individuals cooking Methamphetamine inside the residence located at 2105 Grant St. in Portsmouth.

After obtaining consent to search the residence, officers said they found 35-year-old Gregory Baker, Jr. along with materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in a bedroom of the residence.

Officers from the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force were summoned to the residence to continue the investigation. Task Force Officers did verify the presence of meth lab – related materials and an active one pot methamphetamine cook. With the assistance of the Portsmouth Fire Department, Task Force Detectives were able to process the scene and dismantle the methamphetamine lab.

Baker was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine within 100 feet of a juvenile, a felony of the first degree, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the third degree.

Baker also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on indictment, which had been issued by the Scioto County Common Pleas Court after Baker had been arrested in January of 2013 by Patrolmen of the Portsmouth Police Department for the same methamphetamine-related offenses.

Baker is currently being held in the Scioto County Jail without bail.

Another case against Baker will be forwarded to the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office to be presented to a Scioto County grand jury.

Chief Ware commended the actions taken by the patrolmen who discovered the methamphetamine lab and made the arrest of Baker.

Ware and Donini also thanked the Portsmouth Fire Department for their assistance and said anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force can contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or e-mail drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

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

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