Man Arrested For Making Meth Inside Mentor Walmart

RICHARDSON_JAMES

MENTOR, Ohio –A Perry man was arrested on Sunday evening for allegedly making methamphetamine inside a Walmart store in Mentor.

Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien tells Fox 8 News that James Richardson, 37, was spotted by store security around 5:30 p.m. on June 17th.

Security witnessed Richardson placing ingredients in his shopping cart that are common in the production of meth. 

According to Zbiegien, Richardson then combined the ingredients in a salt shaker he had taken off a store shelve and began shaking the container.

Zbiegien says that Richardson was using a common method to make meth known as ‘shake-and-bake’. Police refer to the method as ‘one-pot’ meth cooking.

Richardson was arrested as he attempted to walk from the store with the drug. He was charged on counts of illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine and theft.

Zbiegien says Richardson has five previous felony drug convictions. He remains housed in the Lake County jail on a $75,000 bond.

Richardson is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on June 25th.