ASHTABULA - As predicted, law enforcement officers have made more arrests in the wake of an Ashtabula County-wide sweep of people accused of drug-related crimes.
Several people secretly indicted by the county grand jury late month were picked up Wednesday and Thursday, according to County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini. Four were found in Trumbull Township, while another man turned himself in to authorities, Sartini said. As of Thursday morning, the number climbed to 52 taken into custody out of 67 persons indicted by the grand jury on July 26.
"Operation Meth Death" zeroed in on people suspected of buying excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The amount that can be legally purchased is nine grams in any 30-day period or 3.6 grams in any one day.
Involved in the investigation were officers from the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office and the Madison Township, Geneva, Geneva-on-the-Lake and Jefferson polic e departments, Sartini said.
Many of those arrested have already been arraigned in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court on a charge of illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs - a felony - and released on personal recognizance bonds, officials said. Eight other people were arrested on charges unrelated to "Meth Death," including six found at meth labs officers discovered in Andover, Orwell, Saybrook, Ashtabula and Conneaut.