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NEW WATERFORD, Ohio - Three people are arrested after another suspected meth lab is raided in Columbiana County.

The Silliman Street home in New Waterford was raided on Thursday after law enforcement officers received a tip that a meth lab was operating out of the home, and cooking up the illegal drug.

New Waterford's Police Chief Dan Haueter tells 21 News, "Anytime you have a meth lab it's a dangerous situation for both the people making it, the families living there, and the neighbors, if the houses were to catch fire and explode."

Police arrested Bradley Carpenter, Daniel Todd and his wife Heidi Todd. Authorities suspect they were cooking up the dangerous chemicals and allegedly manufacturing the illegal drug.

All three have been charged with possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine. Carpenter and Daniel Todd also face an additional charge related to the illegal purchase of a Sudafed product.

The homeowner, Chelsea Cope, who has most recently been living in East Palestine, faces an unrelated drug charge. Authorities say the Todds were renting the home from Cope.

One neighbor, who asked that we not use his name, is thankful that New Waterford Police, the Columbiana County Drug Task Force and DEA shut the operation down. The man says the amount of traffic going in and out of the house, at all hours, was a major concern.

"I put security cameras up at my house, my garage. I got a burglar alarm system and everything because I don't feel safe no more."

Police suspect the meth lab was operating out of the attached garage, making a dangerous situation even more dangerous for the children who lived there.

Authorities also found a natural gas leak, said there was no running water, and there was a deadbolt on the front door. If by chance there was an explosion, officials say the conditions would make it difficult for anyone to get out unless they had a key.

Along with confiscating the ingredients used to make meth, officers say they also found heroin in the home and say both drugs are part of a growing problem in Columbiana County, and just about everywhere.

"I think it's a bad problem everywhere right now, meth and heroin. Because like I said, just in the last two weeks, the last seven days, there have been two meth labs raided in this county, and that's the ones that are uncovered," Haueter said.

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