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Man runs meth lab in 87-year-old mother's home

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BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP -- On Monday, Portage County Task Force Agents arrested and jailed Richard L. Thomas, 57, of Brimfield Township, for illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak, Task Force members received numerous complaints over the past few weeks indicating that Thomas was manufacturing methamphetamine at his Edson Road home where he lives with his 87-year-old mother.

Task force members, after searching the home, recovered chemicals and components used to manufacture methamphetamine, in addition to an active small lab that was operational.

Thomas has a prior conviction in Portage County Court of Common Pleas for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Agents, after meeting with the Portage County Prosecutor's Office, will present additional evidence to the Portage County Grand Jury seeking additional charges.

The Portage County Drug Task Force is comprised of members from the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Portage County Prosecutor's Office, Cities of Aurora, Kent, Ravenna and Streetsboro Police Department and the Villages of Garrettsville and Windham Police Department, U.S Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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