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Akron: Record number of meth lab busts on track for 2013

11:10 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- This past weekend was busy for Summit County law enforcement's drug investigators.

Authorites busted eleven meth labs between Friday and Monday, and made multiple arrests.

On Friday, April 26, the Summit County Sheriff's Office discovered a lab in a house on E. State Street in Barberton.  They later received a second report of a meth lab dumped along Route 619 and Eastern Road in New Franklin Township.

Saturday, Akron police discovered a lab dumped on Wellington Avenue, and another on Tonawanda Avenue.

Police say the one-pot "shake and bake" way of making meth is portable and easy to dispose.

Sunday Akron police say a meth lab caught fire in a home on Hallibaugh Avenue. They also discovered a portable lab in a car on Glenwood Avenue, in connection with the house fire.

Also on Sunday, deputies were alerted to a meth lab in an empty rental house on W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road in New Franklin Township.

In Barberton, sheriff's deputies busted a lab in a home on Harding Avenue. Monday proved equally busy.  The sheriff's deputies found a meth lab in a car at the Avon Mobile Home Park in Green.

Later Monday, Akron police discovered a one-pot lab in a car on Pallmetto Avenue. That discovery led police to a large meth lab in a home on Highview Avenue.

The CLET investigators (Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team) from the Akron Police Department have responded to more than 80 meth labs so far in 2013. 

That's a dozen more than the end of April in 2012.

Officer Chris Crockett says the weather plays a role this time of year; in the winter time windows are shut and neighbors may not notice a lab inside a home.  When it's warmer out, people often discover a lab through the smell. 

"It's such an addictive drug, and so easy to do. It's going to continue until we can get the majority of these meth cooks off the street," Crockett said.

Most of the leads on meth labs in Akron come from community tips. 

People can call the non-emergency police or sheriff's office number to report a possible meth lab.  

WKYC-TV

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