Deputies in Summit County bust five meth labs in four days

AKRON, Ohio - In the past four days, deputies in Summit County have busted five meth labs.

The first happened on April 26 around 8 a.m. on 340 East State Street in Barberton. One person was arrested after authorities uncovered the drug lab.

Later that day, the Summit County Drug Unit went to a meth dump site in the area of Rt. 619 and Eastern Road in New Franklin Township. The lab was discovered by a local business owner in a ditch on the side of the road.

On Sunday afternoon, authorities targeted another New Franklin Township meth site, this time at 934 West Turkeyfoot Lake Road. The owner of a rental property discovered the lab while checking on the condition of the property. Charges against one suspect are pending.

Shortly after that find, a meth lab in Barberton on 494 Harding was busted. The lab was found during a consent search of the home. A man and woman were taken into custody, but not before the man jumped out of an open window of the patrol car and fled on foot while handcuffed. A Barberton police K-9 officer tracked him down a short time later.

Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, the Summit County Sheriff's Office spotted two men near a vehicle at the Avon Trailer Park in Green. Components of a meth lab were located after a search of the vehicle and smoke was coming out of the trunk of the vehicle where the components were found. Jessie Atkinson, 34 of Stow, and Brian Cross, 39 of Green, were charged with illegal manufacture of drugs.

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