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One arrested, one at large after meth lab bust
Friday, January 04, 2013 10:09 PM

By DENISE GEBERS • Progress Staff Writer

MELROSE – One woman is in custody and a warrant is out for a man following discovery of an active meth lab in Melrose recently.

Paulding County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Heather Bakowski, 19 on Dec. 27 charging her with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs (F2) when the lab was deactivated on her property.

Law enforcement officials are seeking Derrick M. Bennett, 23, of Grover Hill. An active warrant accusing him of the same crime has been issued. Anyone aware of his location is encouraged to notify the sheriff’s office: 419-399-3791 or toll free at 888-399-0171.

“This was about the 10th meth lab we dismantled in 2012,” said new Sheriff Jason Landers. “Many of them have been mobile. They have been in woods, in ravines, some in vehicles and some in houses.”

Two supervisors and two deputies were on the scene in Melrose about an hour and a half clearing the scene of dangerous materials.

Landers said anyone who finds what they suspect is a meth lab or remnants of one should report the site to his office.

“These things are dangerous,” he noted. “We have been trained how to handle them.”

Oakwood EMS and an Oakwood fire unit assisted at the scene as a precaution.


UPDATE: Bennett apprehended

The Progress received a message from Sheriff Jason Landers that his deputies safely apprehended Derrick Bennett on Saturday evening, Jan. 12. They had received many tips/leads on Bennett's whereabouts. Bennett was being sought in connection with a recent meth lab bust.