Meth Lab Busted in Home with 2 Young Children

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BATH TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A local woman faces felony drug charges, suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine at a North Hametown Road home in which two children were living.

Crystal Brown was arrested after investigators acted on a tip from the Medina County Drug Task Force regarding the manufacture of meth at the address.

Inside the home, authorities said they found evidence of six, one-pot meth labs, one of them in a salad dressing bottle.

"This drug doesn't know any socioeconomic or any sort of boundaries. You can make it yourself. You don't need to seek out a drug dealer and make a transaction in some dark alley," said Summit County Sheriff's Office Inspector Bill Holland.

Holland said two other adults were also at the home. Neither admitted to knowing about the meth labs.

Brown's charge has been made more serious by the fact that there were two children, ages three and six, also in the home.

"Meth, both when it is an active lab, when it's in the middle of a cook or afterward, the trash, they are both very dangerous for a lot of reasons," said Holland. "Ingesting the chemicals can be very dangerous. Number two, it cooks at very high temperatures so burns, potential fires, explosions burns from acid, it's very dangerous and when you talk about a three- and six-year-old, you know they might not know what to touch what not to touch. They see a salad dressing bottle that could be something they see as you can consume."

Investigators also confiscated various household items that can be used in the manufacture of meth including filters, plastic bags, lighter fluid and boxes of cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine, the sale of which is now regulated because of the problem with meth.

"It is an ongoing investigation but I will tell you because of the regulations that have been put on the purchases of some of the items that go into making meth, it's turned more from a one-person job cooking the meth to multiple people because they have people going out making purchases of the components," said Holland.

Additional charges are possible in the case.

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