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September 29th, 2009
03:57 PM ET

Cops: Meth mobile uncovered

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

An Ohio man is under arrest after allegedly turning his car into a mobile lab for making methamphetamine.

“He had everything he needed to make meth,” said Lt. Scott Denniss of the North Canton Police Department. “Right there in one little tub of goodies.”

According to police, Aaron Broadwater, 23, was driving with a friend when he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Lt. Denniss said the officer received permission to search Broadwater’s Ford Focus. The officer “found big heavy duty containers full of chemicals normally used to make meth,” Lt. Denniss told CNN.

Authorities said a more thorough search uncovered more evidence of a portable drug factory. “They had fuel, lye, diet pills, pretty much you name it, “ Lt. Denniss said. “They had a hot plate to cook it in, and empty capsules to put the powder in.”

Lt. Denniss said the capsules are normally sold for around $20 a piece.

Broadwater was charged with one felony count of the illegal assembly of chemicals for manufacturing a drug. He was also charged with two misdemeanors: possession of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger in the car was charged with any crime.

Lt. Denniss said mobile-meth labs are becoming more common in the area. “We’re seeing more and more of it. It’s an increasing problem.”

Broadwater is being held in the Stark County Jail.

Methamphetamine has exploded in use across the United States. In a 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 12 million Americans have reported trying meth at least once in their lifetimes.

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