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Investigators Find Suspicious Backpack and Mobile Meth Lab

WEST COLUMBUS (Jen French)Police arrested and charged two men who were allegedly carrying a backpack full of materials for meth. Investigators believe the duo was cooking the stuff in buckets outside near a park.

Narcotics investigators call it the one-pot method, and say its very volatile. A Franklin Township police officer tried to stop two suspicious looking men who were outside of a vacant home with a broken window on Eureka Avenue around 1:30 PM Saturday. The pair took off, but they were quickly caught by Valleyview Police.

29-year-old Robert Ratcliff and 30-year-old Clarence Neff were both charged with possession of drug-making materials and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Officers say the two had a backpack. When they looked inside the bag, they discovered materials for meth. Yards away by a creek, officers found buckets that were used to cook the drug.

"I've never heard of the meth lab in a backpack. That's new to me, Chris Snapp said, neighbor.

Ashley Steward and her boyfriend were having a baby shower nearby at Holton Park when the two men were busted.

"We were going to get ice for the baby shower and it was like 3 or 4 cops cars, Ashley Steward said,

Both suspects declined an on camera interview with ABC 6/FOX 28. They are scheduled to see a judge Monday.

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