Drug Enforcement Administration

Washington, DC

Jesse R. Fong, Special Agent in Charge

November 06, 2019

Contact: Public Information Officer

Phone Number: (202) 305-8426

Possible meth lab found in Hagerstown Maryland

DEA Clan Lab Team called out after trash bag containing meth production devices activated during morning trash collection

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2019, the Hagerstown Police Department and the Washington County Narcotics Task Force were alerted to the presence of suspected methamphetamine production in the 400 block of Guilford Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 

The DEA Hagerstown Resident Office Clandestine Laboratory Team (consisting of Special Agents from the DEA Hagerstown Resident Office and Task Force Officers from the Washington County Narcotics Task Force) responded to the scene and determined that the package in question was a trash bag containing approximately 14 “one-pot” methamphetamine production devices, some of which had been activated during the trash collection.  

The Clandestine Laboratory Team, assisted by members of the Washington County Fire and Rescue Services, collected and neutralized the devices, rendering the area safe for residents. 

An investigation into the individuals engaged in the related methamphetamine production is ongoing.

“Meth is very, very destructive,” said DEA Resident Agent in Charge Robert Grob of Hagerstown Office. “It is debilitating in the way it ruins lives and communities. We are working hard to help identify, combat, and stem this resurgence in our area.”

DEA agents and partner agencies in Western Maryland are seeing a resurgence of one-pot meth labs in the area – noting more incidents of “one-pot” meth labs in the area this year, than the last five years combined.

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