Meth lab suspects arrested

Posted: 6th June 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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LEAVITTSBURG – A man who is accused of setting up a methamphetamine lab at a Park Drive home was doing it to raise money and support his own habit, according to authorities.

Lt. Jeff Orr, head of the Trumbull Ashtabula Group drug task force, said Joshua J. Eubank, 36, was running the lab at 164 Park Drive and has served two prior prison sentences for making or using methamphetamine.

Eubank and Chelsey Ann Kirby, 25, were both arrested after TAG agents raided the home Thursday and are each in the Trumbull County Jail on charges of possession of chemicals to manufacture and trafficking in methamphetamine.

There was no active lab found when a search warrant was served at the home but there were surveillance cameras as well as several burn pits found. Orr said it is common for those who make methamphetamine to burn or dispose of the waste on the property.

Packaged methamphetamine was found inside the house, along with a police scanner, packing materials, a pill crusher and other items typically found in a lab, Orr said.

Chemicals also were removed from a space in a garage that had a tarp to hide what was inside. The home had no running water or electricity.

Orr said meth labs are more common in Ashtabula County than in Trumbull County. He said he can only remember two or three labs he’s run across in Trumbull County in eight years on the task force. Eubank and Kirby are both from Ashtabula, Orr said.

Orr said the raid took place after a month-long investigation. Agents were able to trace the lab to the home after studying records of cold medicine bought from local drug stores. Some cold medicines are used to make methamphetamine.

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