Two people have been arrested after the Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) and deputies from the Athens County Sheriff's Office found an active methamphetamine lab in an Athens County home Wednesday night.
Sheriff Patrick Kelley says deputies received information about an active meth lab being operated out of a home in the 16000 block of Canaanville Road, in Athens, at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The narcotics team and deputies executed a search warrant at the home and arrested 50-year-old David Schuetzman, a resident of the home, and 25-year-old Samantha Hummel, of Glouster.
Officials also found two young children and an elderly female inside the home.
The meth lab was located inside the residence and garage. A total of 16 bottles with substance believed to be methamphetamine was seized.
According to information provided by deputies at the scene, the children found inside the home had been living in the home, had access to every aspect of the lab and multiple syringes that were located and documented throughout the bedroom.
Schuetzman and Hummel were arrested for illegally assembling or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, and endangering children. They are being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail. Further charges are expected to be filed, according to the sheriff's office.
NET, BCI & I, and the Middleport Police Officer Rick Smith neutralized the lab, dismantled it, and took it into evidence.
The children were taken to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital to be examined. They have been placed in the custody of children services personnel.