MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - The Medina Police Department received a call about a suspicious backpack near a dumpster at the Liberty Square apartments in the 200 block of Abbeyville Road Friday morning.
Medina police officers, the Medina Fire Department as well as the Medina Life Support Team responded to the scene. The contents of the backpack were quickly recognized as likely being a "meth lab".
The area was secured and agents from the Medina County Drug Task Force were called to remove the hazardous materials contained within the backpack.
The "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method has been found in the area for the past couple of years. This is the first discovery of this type of "lab" in the city of Medina. During the process the materials become extremely unstable and flammable. The fumes emitted are also very toxic.
"The primary concern with the one-pot method of methamphetamine production is the potential for fire or explosion. The contents are extremely volatile and unstable. Quite often the people responsible will begin the production process and simply leave the bottle alongside the road or, as in this case, near a dumpster until the process is complete. The danger is compounded when a child or unsuspecting person finds the bottle and tampers with it. Simply moving the bottle can result in a catastrophic event," said Director Gary Hubbard.
No arrests have been made in the case. Manufacturing methamphetamine is a 2nd degree felony. If done in the vicinity of a child, the charge is enhanced to a 1st degree felony.
Anyone with information on the person responsible for the lab is urged to call either the Medina Police Department at 330-725-7777 or the Medina County Drug Task Force at 330-725-9181.