Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Domestic call leads to meth lab

Sophisticated lab, 30 firearms found, police say

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON TWP. - Authorities say a weekend domestic violence call led them to a large, sophisticated methamphetamine laboratory equipped with surveillance cameras.

"It's probably the largest meth lab we've had in Warren County," John Burke, commander of the Warren-Clinton Drug and Strategic Operations Task Force, said Monday. "There's an enormous amount of property that we seized."

Sunday evening, authorities obtained a judge's permission to search a home in the 10000 block of Ohio 48. Officers confiscated more than 30 firearms, "a fairly large quantity of methamphetamine," and many ingredients and paraphernalia used to make the illegal drug, Burke said. He expected investigators would still be cataloging the evidence today.

"They had surveillance cameras and also what we would call trip-wires that are designed to alert individuals inside the house that somebody was outside," Burke said. "It was pretty elaborate."

The investigation began around 1:40 p.m. Sunday, when a woman at the address reported being a victim of domestic violence. Burke said investigators learned that duct tape had been used to restrain the woman during the attack. The suspect was gone by the time police arrived.

Township police who came to investigate learned people who had been inside the house were cooking "meth," a powerful stimulant. The drug is concocted from cold medicines and other ingredients.

With the help of the Warren County Hazardous Materials Team, police dismantled the equipment and cleaned up the site, Burke said.

At last check, officers were continuing to look for a suspect, Clint Reidmiller, 30. He is wanted on charges of domestic violence and a probation violation.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to contact the township police voice mail tip line: (513) 239-2450.


E-mail jmorse@enquirer.com

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