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A report of a chemical odor coming from a neighbor’s house led to the discovery of a meth lab, police said.
Bruce W. Albright, 55, of 3125 Central Ave., was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony.
He also is charged with unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of an illegal drug lab, both Class D felonies.
The neighbor who complained of the smell coming from the Mead Village home where Albright lives had suspected possible drug activity, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
When officers arrived shortly after 5 p.m., they found about 10 one-pot containers of meth on the property, Myers said.
The one-pot method uses a sealed container, such as a beverage bottle, that usually is flipped upside-down to cause the reaction needed to turn several toxic ingredients into meth, according to the U.S. Department of Justice website.
This simple and inexpensive method generally produces meth in small quantities.
Additional searching of the Mead Village property turned up syringes filled with what police suspect is meth, as well as other items of paraphernalia commonly used in manufacturing the drug, Myers said.
Police secured the scene until experts arrived to safely clear the property of all suspected drug-related items, Myers said.
Myers said the arrest would not have taken place if the neighbor hadn’t called police about the chemical odor.
Albright, who was described by Myers as cooperative with investigators, was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 7:37 p.m. Friday.
As of Sunday afternoon, he still was being held in lieu of $30,000 surety or $3,000 cash bond.
Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.
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