Deputies Exposed to Toxic Fumes While Investigating Meth Lab

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Two sheriff’s deputies were injured after being exposed to toxic fumes while investigating a methamphetamine drug lab in Hancock County.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said deputies were exposed to toxic fumes believed to be produced from the remnants of an illegal meth lab discovered following a burglary investigation on Sunday. He said leads and physical evidence took deputies to a New Manchester home where they were given an item that appeared to be or contain an illicit and illegal substance.

“Deputies continued their initial burglary investigation and later conferred with members of the Hancock Brooke Weirton Drug Task Force,” he said.

Accompanied by members of the drug task force, officers searched through garbage bags where the exposure occurred.

“The officers were overwhelmed by the fumes and immediately suffered negative effects,” he added.

Fletcher said both deputies were treated at local hospitals and released.

The West Virginia State Police Meth Lab Team were called to the scene to further process and collect the evidence. Charges are pending further investigation of the initial burglary as well as the manufacturing of illegal drugs.

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