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Local authorities take down meth lab

Cary Ashby • Jun 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Two local men were arrested on allegations they had equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Jeffrey P. Vogel, 42, of 724 Maplewood St., Willard, and Billy J. Kilgore, 36, of 3638 May Road, Plymouth, each are charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Vogel also faces one count of tampering with evidence. If convicted of the third-degree felonies, they face nine months to three years in prison.

The charges are in connection with a Willard traffic stop related the vehicle having a loud exhaust Wednesday, Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said.

The Willard Police Department received assistance from the Huron County Sheriff's Office, METRICH Drug Task Force and agents Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. BCI agents and METRICH officers helped process the evidence and clean up the suspected meth lab.

"There were chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine," Christophel said.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive illegal stimulant often cooked in homes with flammable components.

Authorities seized the suspected drug items for testing. Citing the ongoing investigation, Christophel declined to say how many items there were.

However, a prepared statement from police shed some light on the traffic stop that happened at 11:22 p.m. when officers stopped a minivan with three people inside.

"Officers reported that one of the occupants dumped suspected anhydrous ammonia and other unknown compounds inside the vehicle and onto the roadway in an attempt to dispose of the contents," Chief Mark Holden said.

Willard Fire & Rescue responded. Holden said the firefighters had to set up a "decon unit" to decontaminate the occupants.

"The third person has not yet been charged with a criminal offense," the chief added.

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