MOREHEAD – For the third time in a 32-day period a methamphetamine lab has been found in Rowan County.
“It was a complete lab and capable of producing quite a bit of methamphetamine,” said Iain Dalrymple, manager of UNITE’s Big Sandy Drug Task Force. “Fortunately the lab was not active and was relatively easy to clean up.”
“The most troublesome aspect of this lab was its location,” Dalrymple continued. “Unlike many meth labs that we find, this one was operating out in the open in an area easily accessible to the public.”
UNITE was notified about the lab by the U.S. Forest Service, which had received a tip from a hunter who spotted the equipment in the middle of a camping area near Cave Run Lake in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The exact location of the camping site is not being released.
Law enforcement officials went to the somewhat secluded site about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 30, where they found plenty of evidence that methamphetamine had been produced. There were no campers at the site and it is not known who is responsible for the set-up.
“As the weather is warming up, this is a reminder to everyone that a meth lab may be located anywhere,” Dalrymple noted. “Whenever you venture outdoors it is important to be aware of the signs of a meth lab and to report anything suspicious to law enforcement agencies.”
At this time, UNITE officials said there does not appear to be a direct connection to either of the methamphetamine labs discovered March 29 and March 30. Both of those operations were located in mobile home parks just south of Morehead.
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