Police shut down meth lab in county

CHESTER – A Hancock County man is in police custody on charges related to the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

According to information provided by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Eric Jason Ulbrich, 40, of Chester, was arrested Tuesday after members of the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, Hancock County Special Response Team and clandestine lab specialists with the West Virginia State Police executed a search warrant issued by the Hancock County Magistrate office.

Also assisting with the scene was New Cumberland Ambulance Service and the New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, according to the report.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said the drug task force received a tip that Ulbrich was manufacturing methamphetamines at 300 Arner Road in Chester. An investigation was conducted based on the information provided which led to the search warrant, he said.

“Officers conducted the search of the residence and surrounding property and recovered several items indicative of methamphetamine production and the operation of a clandestine drug laboratory,” said Fletcher.

According to drug task force officials, the items were photographed and samples were submitted to the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab for testing.

Official reports stated Ulbrich admitted to manufacturing methamphetamines to officers during the interview. He is being charged with operating/attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

Ulbrich, who has prior criminal history with illegal methamphetamine production in Georgia, is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Northern Regional Jail to await arraignment.