‘Sophisticated’ Meth Lab Busted; 1st of its Kind Found in Ohio

SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio — Lorain Sheriff deputies and state BCI agents shut down what they are calling a “sophisticated” meth lab ‎operating out of a home on East Lake Road in Sheffield Lake.

The lab is being called a Thionyl/Chloride method type meth lab. Officials believe it is the first one that has been located in Ohio.

According to the sheriff’s office, the Lorain County Drug Task Force received initial information in August 2013 of suspicious activity at the home, and the investigation began.

After developing further information Wednesday night, officers obtained a search warrant for the home. They wore personal protection equipment during the search and found chemicals and other equipment for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

They also found meth along with three handguns, 11 shotguns, semi-automatic rifles and a large amount of ammunition.

The meth lab requires sophisticated equipment and chemicals, police say.

Maduh Dutta was arrested on numerous charges, including illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture meth.

The case is still under investigation.