MARIETTA - Two people were arrested in Marietta Tuesday night after police found an active methamphetamine laboratory, officials said.
Dennis C. Crockett, 36, and Brandy N. Carder, 27, both of 114 Oakview Drive, Marietta, were arrested and charged with assemble of chemicals within 1,000 feet of a school zone.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, a search warrant was conducted at 114 Oakview Drive, Apt. 11, Marietta, where agents located a plastic water bottle containing a glass bottle and plastic bottle of hydrochloric acid, a plastic bag of sodium hydroxide, a plastic bag of Ammonium Nitrate, a one liter Mountain Dew bottle of Coleman fuel, a one-gallon container of Coleman fuel, a red plastic bottle containing salt, a 1.8 kg box of Morton salt and two eight packs of lithium batteries.
Police have been working on this "organization" for quite some time, tracking its activities, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
"We knew they'd been purchasing the precursors for the one pot method of making meth," he said. "We went forward with a search warrant and found a lot of stuff that indicated that's what they were doing."
Mincks said the meth lab was active at the time of the search and police called in firefighters to ventilate the apartment building. Several residents had to be evacuated for safety concerns, he said.
The bust was done by the Washington County Major Tasks Force, composed of representatives from the Marietta and Belpre Police departments, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the prosecuting attorney and sheriff's offices in Morgan and Washington counties.
The Marietta Fire Department assisted in processing the scene, officials said.