Agents find meth lab in Salem - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Agents find meth lab in Salem

Posted: Updated:

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

A tip lead Salem police to a home in the 200 block of Howard Avenue where evidence of common ingredients for making meth were found on the third floor.

Salem Police Detective Dave Talbert said they found sudafedren products, chemicals, powders, bottles and some ventilation.

Columbiana County Children Services and police found a six-month-old infant and a two-year-old inside the home on Thursday morning.

The children's mother, 24-year-old Tyia Patchen, was arrested on an outstanding theft warrant in Boardman.

Also taken into custody on theft warrants was 34-year-old Stephen Smith and 33-year-old Christopher Merighi.

Two elderly adults, who are under the care of adult protective services, were also removed from the home.

Detective Talbert says 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.

Police say the discovery of a meth lab on this block is the first of its kind in town, but they acknowledge that this likely won't be the last, with rising meth problems in nearby and neighboring counties.

"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.

A father of three living next door says he had no idea this was happening so close to his family.

"It just goes to show you don't know somebody until something like this takes place," said Arvin Richards.

This may not be the only case in Salem. Police say they're investigating the possibility of other meth labs in the city.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Credit card skimming reported at Mercer County service station

    Credit card skimming reported at Mercer County service station

    Friday, May 26 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-05-26 21:06:52 GMT

    Authorities in Mercer county are investigating reports of thieves skimming credit guards to steal consumers personal information. It happened recently at Wagler's Camp Perry service station in Clarks Mills.   Skimming happens when thieves unlock gas pumps and connect a skimmer to the card reader which steals information when a customer swipes a credit or debit card. 

    More >>

    Authorities in Mercer county are investigating reports of thieves skimming credit guards to steal consumers personal information. It happened recently at Wagler's Camp Perry service station in Clarks Mills.   Skimming happens when thieves unlock gas pumps and connect a skimmer to the card reader which steals information when a customer swipes a credit or debit card. 

    More >>
  • Southern rock founding father Gregg Allman dies at age 69

    Southern rock founding father Gregg Allman dies at age 69

    Saturday, May 27 2017 10:45 PM EDT2017-05-28 02:45:44 GMT
    Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom, has died at age 69.More >>
    Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom, has died at age 69.More >>
  • Locations of Mahoning County OVI checkpoints announced

    Locations of Mahoning County OVI checkpoints announced

    Saturday, May 27 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-05-28 00:51:31 GMT

    The Mahoning County OVI Task Force has announced the locations of two sobriety checkpoint tonight. According to a news release, the first checkpoint will be on South Avenue near Mathews Road in Boardman from 10:00 pm until 12:00 am.  The second checkpoint will be on Route 224 at Marinthana near the Southern Park Mall in Boardman and will run from 1:00 am until 3 a.m. Sunday.

    More >>

    The Mahoning County OVI Task Force has announced the locations of two sobriety checkpoint tonight. According to a news release, the first checkpoint will be on South Avenue near Mathews Road in Boardman from 10:00 pm until 12:00 am.  The second checkpoint will be on Route 224 at Marinthana near the Southern Park Mall in Boardman and will run from 1:00 am until 3 a.m. Sunday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms