The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 4, 2013

North Kingsville traffic stop leads to multiple meth labs inside a village garage

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

NORTH KINGSVILLE — A late-night traffic stop recently led North Kingsville police to several methamphetamine-making operations at a Middle Road house, officers said.

Thomas Million, 47, 7048 Fairview Dr., North Kingsville, faces three drug-related felony charges in Eastern County Court, according to court records. A preliminary hearing has been set for Monday morning. Million will be represented by a public defender, according to records.

A vehicle was stopped by a village patrolman for a traffic infraction on Saturday and Million was behind the wheel, according to Sgt. Hugh Flanigan. During the stop, the officer spotted two components normally needed to make meth inside the vehicle, he said.

Based on the observation, the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and a deputy brought a drug-sniffing dog to the scene, Flanigan said. The canine gave a positive reaction while sniffing the vehicle, and a subsequent search of the vehicle turned up meth, he said.

Acting on information obtained from the traffic stop, officers went to 2348 Middle Road, where Million had reportedly done some work and obtained an occupant’s permission to search the premises, Flanigan said. Inside a garage police discovered nine chemically-active meth labs, he said.

Million was arrest, Flanigan said. The Middle Road property had been the subject of a police investigation for the past few months, he said.