Authorities: Odor leads to major drug discovery in home of sex offender

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Phillipe Fritzke (Photo from Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement)

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio- Authorities say a major drug discovery was made inside a local home.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office says while one of its deputies was patrolling Coventry Township, he found a vehicle registered to a person with an active warrant.

He tried to make contact with the wanted person at their home on East Pace Ave.

The sheriff’s office says the door was answered by Phillipe Fritzke, 46, a sex offender from Minnesota.

The deputy detected an odor of ammonia, that he says was consistent with the odor associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Fritzke gave the deputy permission to search the home. Authorities say a meth lab was found in the basement; the Summit County Drug Unit, which was called to the scene, found 25 more meth labs in the home.

Fritzke¬†was arrested and charged with illegal manufacture of drugs. In addition, the sheriff’s office says Fritzke had active warrants in Minnesota for assault and failure to register as a sex offender.

He was booked into the Summit County Jail.