Two children in Portage County mobile home with ‘highly volatile’ meth lab


Austin T. Nicholas (left) and Richard H. Moran (Photos courtesy: Portage County Sheriff’s Office)

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MANTUA TOWNSHIP, Ohio– Two children were found in a Mantua Township mobile home with an active methamphetamine lab Saturday night.

Portage County Sheriff’s Deputies were serving a warrant on state Route 700 when they saw two men shaking a two-liter bottle.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies found plastic bottles and chemical used to make meth. Deputies removed two children from the home and called in the Portage County Drug Task Force to clear the scene.

The Garrettsville Fire Department also responded because of the potential for fire and explosion from the highly volatile lab, the sheriff’s office said.

The Portage County Department of Job And Family Services was notified of the situation.

Austin T. Nicholas, 22, and Richard H. Moran, 23, were arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of meth, illegal possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture drugs and child endangering. The two men were taken to the Portage County Jail.

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