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Three arrested in suspected meth lab raid

SALEM, Ohio- Drug agents and undercover agents raid a suspected meth lab in the heart of Salem.

It was a tip regarding the concern of the welfare of children living at 205 Howard Ave, that lead Salem police and Columbiana County Children Services to the home Thursday morning.

Evidence on the third floor discovered included common ingredients for making meth.

"Sudafedren products, different chemicals, powders, the bottles that were used," David Talbert said, police detective.

A 6-month old infant and a 2-year old child were removed from the home and taken to a nearby hospital.

Their mother,Tyia Patchen, 24, was arrested on an outstanding theft warrant in Boardman.

Also taken into custody on theft warrants Stephen Smith, 34, and Christopher Merighi, 33. All three are listed as residents of the home.

Talbert says the three arrested will likely face drug charges soon.

Two elderly adults, who are under the care of adult protective services, were also removed from the home temporarily. Police say they were allowed to return after the home was cleared of all evdience and inspected.

Detective Talbert expects the three arrested will likely face drug charges soon.

While the lab was not active, it's believed it's been used multiple times.

"We have found evidence of approximately 20 of what we call 'single pot cooks," Talbert said.

It's the first discovery of a meth lab in the city and police acknowledge it likely won't be the last.

"This was always big in the western counties, you have Summit County, Portage County, we knew it was coming this way, we've had complaints," Talbert said.

Police say they're investigating the possibility of other meth labs in the city.

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