Summit County: Police K-9 catches escaping meth lab suspect

1:35 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- From 8 a.m. Friday until early Monday morning, sheriff's deputies and a Barberton police K-9 were busy busting meth labs across Summit County, according to the Summit County Sheriff.

At 8 a.m. Friday, the Summit County Drug Unit responded to 340 East State Street in Barberton regarding a meth lab that was located in a home where an arrest was made.

Later Friday, the Summit County Drug Unit responded to a meth dump site in the area of Rt. 619 and Eastern Road in New Franklin Township. The lab was discovered by a local business owner in a ditch on the side of the road.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Summit County Drug Unit responded to a meth lab at 934 West Turkeyfoot Lake Road in New Franklin Township.

The owner of a rental property discovered the lab while checking on the condition of the property. The homeowner found the components of the lab and charges are pending on one suspect.

Shortly after remediating the lab in New Franklin, the Summit County Drug Unit responded to a meth lab in Barberton at 494 Harding. The lab was located during a consent search of the property.

A man and a woman were taken into custody. The man jumped out of an open window of the patrol car and ran off on foot while handcuffed.

A Barberton Police K-9 Unit located him a short time later.

At 12:30 a.m. Monday, the Summit County Sheriff's Office spotted two men near a vehicle at the Avon Trailer Park in Green.

Components of a meth lab were located after a search of the vehicle and smoke was coming out of the trunk of the vehicle where the components were located.

In that instance, deputies arrested and charged Jessie Atkinson, 34, of Stow, and Brian Cross, 39, of Green, with Illegal manufacture of drugs.


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