Sgt. Ralph Frasure made the initial stop on the pair when he received a call from the Rite Aid pharmacy in Highlands Plaza regarding a couple purchasing 12 packs of Sudafed tablets, a known meth precursor, as they are required to do.
Frasure got to the Rite Aid just as the couple was leaving and he noted that they failed to signal as they turned right onto University Drive. Frasure pulled them over at the BP station on the corner and issued the moving violation.
Frasure was granted permission to the search the vehicle and discovered the ingredients in the trunk as well as a sample of the drug in a plastic bag.
Det. Bryan Hall and Officer Brian Kidd arrived to aid Frasure and arrested Steven Salyers, 36, of Stambaugh, and Patricia Meade, 30, of Oil Springs.
Among the items seized were all of the ingredients to manufacture the drug as well as a notebook, with Bugs Bunny on the cover, which contained a list of first names and corresponding numbers that appeared to be a ledger. The notebook also contained a shopping list that named five ingredients used in manufacturing crystal meth.
Hall noted that one could make the drug out of the vehicle with all of the ingredients present which could indicate that it was a "rolling lab."
Police Chief Mike Omerod observed the irony of the arrest. Next week, a disaster preparedness exercise has been scheduled that will involve emergency response to a rolling meth lab that has crashed into an area high school.