The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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September 23, 2011

Officials release names of drug bust suspects

MADISON TOWNSHIP — MADISON TOWNSHIP — Now that police have blown the lid off the methamphetamine industry in Lake and Ashtabula counties, the legal system will handle about 60 people who were arraigned at Painesville Municipal Court Sept. 21.

The charges are the result of a massive raid involving more than 100 law enforcement officers who served arrest warrants in Lake and Ashtabula counties on Wednesday.

For the most part, those who were charged face two consequences - a first-degree misdemeanor and/or a third-degree felony.

The felony charge is Ohio Revised Code 2925.041A, which prevents a person from knowingly assembling or possessing one or more chemicals that may be used to manufacture a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

The misdemeanor charge is Ohio Revised Code 2925.55B1, which forbids a person from knowingly purchasing, receiving, or otherwise acquiring more than 9 grams of any pseudoephedrine product within a period of 30 consecutive days, unless the pseudoephedrine product is dispensed by a pharmacist pursuant to a valid prescription issued by a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs and the conduct of the pharmacist and the licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs is in accordance with the law.

Madison Township Lt. Tim Brown said there are tiers to crimes associated with the production of methamphetamine. Some individual simply buy pseudoephedrine for profit and do not use it, he said, others make meth or sell it and do not use it, others do all of the above. An individual’s actions determine their charges.

While their charged crimes may vary, they all will be in court Thursday. The lieutenant said about six of the 17 who were held with bond Wednesday have bonded out, and he anticipates the rest will do so before their Sept. 29 court date.

“I’m really happy with the outcome,” Brown said. “It went smoothly and we found 60-65 people, with no one getting hurt. So, I’m really happy with the results.”

According to the Painesville Municipal Court records, the following were arraigned as a result of the Sept. 21 arrests:

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