On Tuesday, September 3, 2013 a Meth Lab was discovered in Newport, following the report of a Domestic Violence Assault and the subsequent arrest of Eric L. Benzo age 38 of Newport.
Information obtained during and after Benzo's arrest for Unlawful Imprisonment/Domestic Violence, led deputies to seek a search warrant for a garage on his property. On Wednesday, September 4, 2013 a search warrant was executed on Benzo's property, where a small meth lab was located within his garage.
The Washington State Patrol sent a specially trained team to assist deputies in processing the lab. Once processed, the Department of Ecology responded to dispose of all toxic chemicals located during the investigation.
Benzo faces the additional charges of: Manufacturing, Delivery or Possession with intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Possession of Methamphetamine.