Police raid meth lab in Falls

NEWTON FALLS – Police and Trumbull County HazMat crews raided a suspected methamphetamine lab Tuesday afternoon in the village.

“We had reliable information that there was suspected methamphetamine being manufactured here, and a subsequent check of it revealed that there in fact was,” Newton Falls police Chief Gene Fixler said.

HazMat, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Falls police and fire departments, and the Warren Police Department’s K-9 unit were called just after 3 p.m. to 314 Ophelia St. HazMat workers could be seen from the street collecting materials from a detached garage behind the house.

Fixler said the substances will be sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and if the results are positive, charges are expected to be filed against the person police believe was manufacturing the meth.

Police said they received a tip about the suspected meth lab around 11 a.m. Tuesday. They said they intended to serve a warrant to the property owners’ son, who was not home at the time.

Names of suspects were withheld pending possible charges. Police did confirm they were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a Daniel Murray.

“I realized the residents’ son, who stays here sometimes, actually had a warrant out of Trumbull County for driving under suspension. When I got here, I saw some substances in plain view,” Newton Falls police Sgt. Steve Storm said.

”When the residents arrived they let me search the area,” he said.

He said the investigation was contained to the garage and did not involve the house. Officers had not had any contact with the suspect as of late Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Storm said it appeared a “pop-bottle method” was used to make meth.