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Salem man charged after raid on suspected meth lab

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SALEM, Ohio - A Salem man is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning on charges filed after authorities found a suspected meth lab in his apartment.

42-year-old Christopher Neiswonger is charged with possessing chemicals used for making drugs and illegal drug cultivation.

Neiswonger was charged following a seven month investigation by the Columbiana County Drug Task Force that led to a search of his apartment at 192 West Pershing Street on Monday.

Authorities say they found chemicals used to produce methamphetamine and evidence of a meth lab at the residence.

Other residents of the apartment building were evacuated while the evidence was removed and turned over to a chemical disposal company.

According to the Department of Justice, chemicals used to cook meth and the toxic compounds and byproducts resulting from its manufacture produce toxic fumes, vapors, and spills.

In addition, careless handling and overheating of highly volatile hazardous chemicals and waste and unsafe manufacturing methods cause solvents and other materials used in the process to burst into flames or explode.

Approximately 15 percent of meth labs are discovered as a result of a fire or explosion.

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