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Four arrested following Meigs drug busts
by Sarah Hawley
<p>Whitney Laughlin</p>

Whitney Laughlin

<p>Zachary Matthew</p>

Zachary Matthew

<p>Patricia McFall</p>

Patricia McFall

<p>Leslie Storms</p>

Leslie Storms


MIEGS COUNTY — Three drug busts — two of which were methamphetamine labs — resulted in four arrests by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

Thursday was a very busy day for officers with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and those involved in the neutralization of methamphetamine labs.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, his office — along with multiple other agencies — responded to a methamphetamine lab at the Old Town Creek Wildlife Area in the Great Bend area of Meigs County on Thursday afternoon (3:18 p.m.) and responded to a second lab at the Old Fort Meigs Campground on Thursday evening (8:48 p.m.).

Officers also responded to another drug-related call between the time of the two methamphetamine labs.

Sheriff Wood said his office was contacted Thursday afternoon by an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife Officer at the Old Town Creek Wildlife Area on a traffic stop.

Upon speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, Deputies and a Wildlife Officer located a mobile methamphetamine lab with four one-pot reactionary vessels, along with other drugs and drug paraphernalia. The discovery resulted in the arrest of Patricia McFall of Portland and Whitney Laughlin of Ravenswood, W.Va.

McFall and Laughlin are both being held at the Middleport Jail. Deputies were also assisted at the scene by Middleport Police Officers, Racine Volunteer Fire Department and Meigs County EMS Squad 33.

Deputies then made a traffic stop at Ohio 124 and Ohio 7 on a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle involved in a breaking and entering that had just occurred. After further investigation, it was learned that the vehicle was not involved in the breaking and entering but the driver, Leslie Storms of Pomeroy, had a felony warrant out of Gallia County.

After searching the vehicle, deputies located drugs, drug paraphernalia and a loaded hand gun. Storms was taken to Gallia County on the warrant but will now also having pending charges for possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons under disability in Meigs County.

Also arrested on the traffic stop was Zachary Matthew of Gallipolis for possession of drug abuse instruments.

Deputies also responded on a tip of a methamphetamine lab at the Old Fort Meigs Campground. Upon arrival, deputies located seven one-pot methamphetamine reactionary vessels.

No one, however, was at the residence. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Middleport Police Officers, Rutland Volunteer Fire Department and Meigs County EMS Squad 44.

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