NORTH CANTON -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced five Ohio sites -- with two more to come -- where law enforcement can store residue from meth lab busts.
Now the waste can be brought to the North Canton site and stored. Contractors can pick up materials from several busts all at once, which lowers the cost of disposal, frees up officers from crime scene protection, and protects them from possible harm.
The North Canton site was selected because it is on the grounds of the Ohio Highway Patrol Canton Post and barracks and guarded 24/7, DeWine said. Each container costs $7,000.
So far in 2013, law enforcement agencies reported a record number of 770 meth lab seizures in Ohio.
Until now, the very hazardous residue from meth lab busts had to be guarded at the crime scene itself until a team from a disposal contractor came to clean it up.
Now, the waste can be brought to the North Canton site and stored.
DeWine said "They face the chance of injury or death in each one of these cases. While dismantling a lab last year, one of our BCI agents suddenly found himself in the center of an explosion. His protective gear saved his life."