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'Sophisticated' meth lab busted in Butler Co.

Scott Atkinson (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office) Scott Atkinson (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Helen Stewart (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office) Helen Stewart (Courtesy Butler County Sheriff's Office)

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -- The Butler County Sheriff's office has arrested two people after a Meth Lab was busted overnight in Wayne Township. 

Having developed information over the last couple of months, Sheriff's deputies and drug and vice agents executed a search warrant around 2 a.m. Friday morning in the 6900 block of Wayne's Trace Road. 

They discovered a rather sophisticated meth lab inside a barn there, complete with a home-made ventilation system in "incubator style" where the operator could reach into a closed container through attached gloves to work with the dangerous product. 

Evidence also indicated that anhydrous ammonia (a key ingredient for the meth production process) was also being manufactured on-site.

Scott Atkinson, age 37, and Helen Stewart, age 34, both residing at the property, were arrested for felony drug charges of Possession of Drugs, Trafficking of Drugs charges, Manufacturing of Drugs, and Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs.  They were taken to the Butler County Jail and are being held on bonds of $32,500 each.

Area fire departments and life squads were on stand-by status for several hours as the lab area and volatile ingredients were cleaned up.  The Sheriff's Office Emergency Services/ Bomb Unit also responded to the scene. 

The area was cleared around 9:15 Friday morning. 

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