Rolling meth lab is first in township, chief says

DEA responds to take possession of chemicals, police chief says.

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Two people were arrested Thursday night, Sept. 16, after police uncovered a suspected rolling meth lab during a routine traffic stop.

Steven V. Hymer, 31, of Mindy Drive was arrested and charged with burglary, a second degree felony, illegal manufacture of drugs, a first degree felony, illegal assembly of drugs, a third degree felony, fifth degree felony and numerous traffic violations, said Fairfield Twp. police Chief Richard St. John.

His passenger, 33-year-old Sara D. Campbell of London, Ky., was also arrested. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a fifth degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments, both misdeamors, in addition to outstanding felony warrants already on file.

The two were taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. after Fairfield Twp. police officer Brandon McCroskey spotted a 1998 red Pontiac Sunfire driving erratically on Ohio 4 and Millikin Road, St. John said.

During the traffic stop near the intersection of Creekside Way and Millikin Road, the Butler County man admitted chemicals associated with the production of methamphetamine were inside the car. Further investigations revealed Hymer had committed a home burglary on Golf Club Lane earlier Thursday. A set of $5,000 stolen in the burglary was discovered in the vehicle.

McCroskey found the chemicals inside a container in the vehicle and was later evaluated by paramedics at the scene as a precaution, St. John said.

St. John said McCroskey’s traffic stop uncovered the first rolling meth lab in Fairfield Twp.

The discovery forced police to close Millikin Road between Golf Club Lane and Redeemer Way for several hours Thursday night until the chemicals could be removed by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

“We’re taking every precaution,” St. John said.