LORDSTOWN - Law enforcement raided a suspected methamphetamine lab in a shed on Hallock Young Road on Friday.
No arrests were made and the occupant was not home when investigators initiated the raid around 1 p.m. However, police said they made telephone contact with the man who rents a portion of the multi-unit property and encouraged him to make himself available for questioning.
Police did not identify him.
Tribune Chronicle / Virginia Shank
Trumbull County HazMat crews secure a suspected methamphetamine lab at this shed next to a home at 1005 Unit A, Hallock Young Road, Lordstown. Law enforcement initiated a raid at the rental property about 1 p.m. Friday and remained for nearly five hours. Police said the tenant, who was not charged as of Friday, was not home during the raid.
Investigators were on the scene for close to five hours, removing materials from what they called a suspected "working meth lab" inside a shed, or side building, next to the residence at 1005, Unit A, Hallock Young Road, Lordstown.
Investigators declined to disclose what kind of materials they collected and would not say when the investigation started.
Lordstown Police Detective Chris Bordonaro said the investigation was initiated after police received tips and residents expressed concerns.
"There's been a lot of traffic here, more than you would expect in an area like this,'' Bordonaro said. ''But this is still an ongoing investigation and we have a lot of questions that need to be answered."
He said it is likely charges will be filed at some point.
Local police asked Trumbull County Hazardous Materials team to secure the area where suspected lab materials were located, he said. The raid focused primarily on the shed and not the home, he said.
Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Task Force assisted Lordstown police with the raid. Along with HazMat, the Lordstown Fire Department was also at the scene.
"We make it a point to strongly encourage residents that if they see something out of place or have any suspicions about what's going on to let us know," Bordonaro said. "We take residents' concerns very seriously. This type of activity won't be tolerated in Lordstown."