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SALEM, Ohio - A Salem man is taken into custody after authorities discover a what they describe as a working meth lab, inside a city home.

While attempting to serve two unrelated search warrants, law enforcement officers say they found Nathan Steer, 27, with packets of meth in his pocket Sunday afternoon.

When officials arrived to the home where Steer was staying, at 278 E. 8th Street, they noticed a "strong odor of raw marijuana and observed a marijuana bong on the kitchen counter", according to their report.

Agents called to the scene soon discovered a working meth lab. The Holmes County Drug Task Force uncovered 14 meth cooks, two were still active. Steer was taken into custody and arraigned Monday for the unrelated warrants. His bond is set at $12,000, but Columbiana County's Sheriff tells 21 News, it's likely Steer will fact drug-related charges. Other individuals were inside the home at the time, but it's not yet known if any of them will face potential charges.

This is the fifth suspected meth lab uncovered in Salem this year, a problem detectives and county leaders say has been on the rise. 

County Sheriff Raymond Stone says the homemade drug is easy to make and that factor alone poses risks to those who could come into contact with it.

"If they don't mix the chemicals properly, it could cause an explosion or noxious gases, it could effect anyone," Stone says.

With the assistance of the Holmes County Drug Task Force, Stone says they've been able to execute 3 times more search warrants this year, compared to 2012.

Stone believes additional law enforcement manpower in 2013 and an increase in meth manufacturing are the two main factors contributing to the increase in meth lab busts across the county.

 

 

 

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