2 arrested with mobile meth lab

Posted: 30th March 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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HARTVILLE – Two Summit County were arrested Tuesday evening after the State Highway Patrol troopers found chemicals used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in their car during a traffic stop.

Police said the driver, Lonnie Morris, 29, of Akron, and a passenger, Charles Copen III, 29, of Barberton, were charged with possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and possession of a methamphetamine lab within the vicinity of a school.

Both suspects are in the Stark County Jail and could face up to 15 years in jail each if convicted.

Police pulled over Morris’ vehicle after he went through a red light. Police said Copen got out of the car and ran away, but was soon captured.

Police said Morris had a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

“Upon further investigation, both occupants admitted that chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine were located in the vehicle,” a news release said. “A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed components to manufacture methamphetamine in the vehicle’s trunk.”

The Hartville Fire Department and Stark Metro Drug Task Force disassembled the fully equipped mobile lab.







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