You've heard about the growing meth problem in the area's cities...but rural areas are not immune to the spread of meth labs.
The MEDWAY drug enforcement agency handles drug cases in Wayne and Holmes County, and the Medina County cities of Wadsworth and Brunswick.
Senior agent Donald Hall says that rural areas have to deal with the growth of meth making just like cities do...and he's been a part of busts everywhere in the region, not just in cities like Wooster and Orrville.
"Anywhere and everywhere you can think of," Hall tells AkronNewsNow. "I've done them in cars, trunks of cars, I've done them in hotel rooms, campers, mobile homes, in people's closets and houses, out in the woods."
Hall says the low cost and ease of making meth labs has contributed to the rise in the number of labs, despite the very serious danger of working with potentially explosive chemicals.
"You don't need the Mexican cartel to get this methamphetamine," Hall says. "It's something that you can go to any retail outlet and buy the chemicals you need to make methamphetamine."
Like in the area's cities, Hall says he's busted a number of "mobile" meth labs.
"They could be driving around in the city or the country and just be cooking a bottle while they're driving around," Hall tells AkronNewsNow.com. "Obviously it's dangerous, but when they get done cooking they typically will leave it in the trash at the hotel room, unbeknownst to cleaning personnel...or they'll throw it out in the ditch or the roadway."
The used bottles are often found by people driving nearby.
A Wayne County Sheriff's deputy wearing a body camera captured a meth lab bust in Plain Township.
Authorities found the meth lab while assisting the MEDWAY drug enforcement unit with a search warrant earlier this week.
Deputies recovered a large amount of chemicals and items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Ronald C. Britton was arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs. Authorities may charge several other people who were inside the home.
Over the past two months, MEDWAY has busted eight meth labs in Wayne County.
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