Firearms, methamphetamine found at Hinton area lab

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 4:33 p.m. CDT; updated 2:28 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 27, 2012

COLUMBIA — Officers found two firearms and processed methamphetamine at a fully operational and active methamphetamine lab Wednesday morning, according to a media release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department SWAT Team searched a house at 7405 N. Highway VV. The warrant was issued in part due to complaints of "suspicious behavior" by residents in the area.

A pit bull found inside the residence was shot after biting a deputy in the thigh, according to the release. The dog was turned over to Animal Control after the incident.

Animal Control Supervisor Molly Aust said the dog was taken to the Central Missouri Humane Society and treated by a veterinarian on-site. The dog will be held for 10 days before being returned to its owner. Animal Control recently issued aggressive dog citations to the owner of several pit bulls at the property.

The Sheriff's Department was unable to disclose the quantity of methamphetamine found onsite. Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the department said that investigations are ongoing.  

"We're not finished with this case by any means," O'Sullivan said.

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