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Campbell officers back on the job after inhaling chemicals from mobile meth lab

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - Three Campbell police officers and a canine officer are back on the job after inhaling chemicals from a mobile meth lab.

During a traffic stop on Saturday, the canine alerted officers of the meth lab in the trunk of the vehicle.

The officer who opened the trunk says he was knocked down physically from chemical pressure.

"I was lucky enough to be able to pull off my vest and try to gasp for air. It was almost as if I was not drowning, but chocking on normal oxygen. I just couldn't keep my breath," said Campbell Officer Robert Curtis.

Officer Curtis suffered minor burns to his throat. The other two responding officers were also rushed to the hospital as a precautionary measure. The canine officer was examined by a veterinarian.

Officer Ben Espositio, who is also a member of the Mahoning County Hazardous Materials Response Team said mobile meth labs are becoming more common in the area.

"Trumbull County, Northern Ohio has an epidemic at this time of similar instances. Southern Ohio, Columbiana County included," said Espositio. "We're kind of caught in the middle so it's something coming this way in both directions."

The two suspects arrested Saturday are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.



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