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An investigation of suspected meth labs in four Lowell homes.

Information from the community helps make seven arrests.

That all happened Thursday night.

Last week, a fire led law enforcement to multiple meth busts in Parkersburg.

The drug war continues in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Authorities say it is a legal process and a science to when and how they bust the suspects.

Thursday night the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force made seven arrests and secured four homes, finding everything from meth labs, pills, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and a loaded gun.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says this has a huge impact on the Lowell community.

A lot of the information in this investigation came from the community.

This is a huge help and usually kicks off an investigation.

That investigation may take longer than the community understands.

But Sheriff Mincks says not to worry.

They are following procedure, to gather all the evidence until they make the bust.

"Get all the pieces there, you start putting them together, it seems like maybe the stars align and we felt that that was the time to go, and to go to all four locations at the same time, and I think we obtained what we were looking for," says Sheriff Mincks.

We also spoke with Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force coordinator Lt. Greg Collins, who says with meth, addicts only cook for themselves or for a small group of friends so it's hard to catch.

Recently there has been meth training for their department and that is why we are seeing an increase, because they are catching more of them as well as community tips.

Lt. Collins says they follow up on all of them.


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