Police: Man cooking meth while walking down street arrested in Akron

AKRON, Ohio - Akron police arrested a man who officers said was cooking meth in a backpack while he was walking down Carnegie Avenue just before 10 p.m. Thursday. 

According to Lt. Brian Simcox of the Akron Police Department, the man was stopped by security guards at an apartment complex for trespassing after he had been banned from the property.

When police arrived, they searched the man and found that he was carrying an entire meth lab in two bags, one on his back was actively cooking meth and the other had all the ingredients for cooking meth.

Simcox said that the meth lab was small but extremely dangerous.

"A lot of the ingredients that they are using to cook these shake-and-bake one pot meth labs are the same ingredients that were used to blow up the federal building in Oklahoma City," Simcox said, "So they are little miniature bombs that they are walking around with."

This is the 115th meth lab bust in Akron in 2012, but Simcox is quick to say that the number of busts in Akron are due to the dedicated group of officers assigned to seek out meth labs and the training that the entire department has received, not because its an epidemic in the city.

When officers find meth labs, it's up to the city to clean and dispose of them safely and that cost, up until recently, has been upward of $1,500 per meth lab. Simcox said that four officers have been trained in neutralizing the dangerous mixtures and they can now clean up a meth lab for about $11, saving taxpayers thousands while getting the dangerous drug off the streets.

The 33-year-old man that was arrested will face multiple charges. 

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