The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 5, 2013

Nine meth labs found inside Conneaut house

Staff Writer

CONNEAUT — Police looking for a wanted person at a State Street address late last week found just as valuable: nine separate methamphetamine-making operations under one roof, officers said.

Charges are pending against a 24-year-old man living at the house, said Police Chief Charles Burlingham. One of the charges could be child endangering, since small children also were found inside the building, he said. A woman wanted on warrants was found at the address, Burlingham said.

Police went to the house, in the 400 block of State Street, around 11:30 a.m. Friday, looking for a wanted person, and once inside noticed components used to manufacture the drug. A man in the house approached the officers and told them of the various “one-pot” laboratories scattered about the house, Burlingham said. In addition to the labs, police discovered two gas generators and a variety of paraphernalia, he said.

On Saturday, police were called to an East Main Road address by new occupants who found old meth-making labs in the basement. At least five old labs were discovered, Burlingham said. Officers were contacted about the basement labs around 3 p.m., according to a report.

In both instances, the police department’s meth laboratory technician disassembled and neutralized the labs and their toxic components, officers said.