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COLUMBIANA — Two people were arrested Saturday after allegedly being found with a methamphetamine lab at a laundromat at 267 Main St.

Charged with possession of chemicals to manufacture meth were Wendi Hunley, 42, and Christopher Cole Bowersock, 32, no addresses provided.

According to Brian McLaughlin, director of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, Hunley and Bowersock were getting into a car with the meth manufacturing paraphernalia and chemicals when Columbiana police officers arrived in response to a suspicious activity complaint.

He said it is uncertain at this point whether they were allegedly cooking the meth inside the laundromat or in the car but said the “one pot” fell out of the backpack into the parking lot as officers arrived.

The drug task force was then called by Columbiana police and recovered two one pots, chemicals necessary to manufacture and an acid gas generator.

In addition to the local police and drug task force, the fire department also responded to the scene due to the volatile nature of meth operations.

Hunley and Bowersock were transported to the county jail on the charge, which is a second degree felony.