Drug task force arrests Belpre man

A Belpre man was jailed Saturday on charges of assembling chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines, a third-degree felony.

Michael E. Packard, 46, of 811 Walnut St., Belpre, was arrested at his home Saturday night by agents of the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force, assisted by the Belpre Police Department, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

The sheriff said a search warrant was executed at Packard’s residence after task force members received information that a methamphetamine lab was possibly located at that location.

Inside the home agents discovered numerous items that are used to produce methamphetamines, including nitrate packaging, lithium batteries and strips, sulfuric acid, tubing, bottles and containers, lighter fluid, acid generator, reaction vessels, empty pseudo ephedrine packages, and salt.

Packard was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail where he is being held in lieu of bond, pending an appearance in Marietta Municipal Court today.

Decontamination units from the Belpre and Marietta fire departments also responded to assist law enforcement officers at the scene.