Traffic stop brings out Hazmat crew for meth lab

Posted at 5:37 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 13:27:23-05

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP -- A traffic stop led to two arrests late Sunday night after a Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy observed a plastic bottle being thrown from the car as it pulled to a stop. 

It turns out the bottle contained materials used for a "single-pot" meth lab, as determined by a Hazmat team that secured the area in the 1100 block of Asbury Road, deputies said.

Charles Ross, 26, and Ryan Dawson, 30, were both charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and were taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center.

The "single-pot" method of methamphetamine production is extremely dangerous. If a bottle used for it is shaken in the wrong way, if any oxygen gets inside or if the cap is loosened too quickly, the bottle can explode in a giant fireball, according to authorities.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the “one-pot" or "shake-and-bake” cooking method was introduced to methamphetamine production, meaning a stove or burner was no longer needed to cook the cold medicines and noxious chemicals that form meth. With the one-pot method, the meth can be cold-cooked in a plastic two-liter drink bottle. No matter the method, there is an immediate danger to life and health for the person cooking the meth and anybody in the vicinity.


Click here to read the Ohio Department of Health's fact sheet on methamphetamines.