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2 Men Arrested For Meth Lab In Pike County

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PIKETON, Ohio -

Pike County deputies have arrested two men accused of running a meth lab.

According to the Pike County Sheriff's Office, the deputies were dispatched Sunday to investigate the smell of an unexplained odor in 4400 block of Long Fork Road, near Piketon.

When deputies Chris Cottrell and Zach Dixon neared the home, they detected an odor of ether. 

Paul G. Francis, 45, and Christopher A. Irvin, 24, attempted to flee the residence, but they were quickly apprehended and taken into custody, according to the sheriff's office.

Francis directed deputies to the meth making ingredients, also known as a "one pot cook lab."

Pike County Sheriff Deputy Major Timothy Dickerson, arrived on scene to neutralize the ingredients. Pike County Hazmat crews also helped in the clean-up.

Francis was arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, illegal assembly and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Irvin was arrested for several outstanding warrants. The charges regarding the meth lab are pending, according to the sheriff's office.

Irvin and Francis were transported to the Scioto County Jail where they will be held until their case can be presented to a Pike County Grand Jury.

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