NEWTON FALLS - Police arrested two men on drug manufacturing charges after they were observed dumping methamphetamine by-products in a trash receptacle behind a local business Tuesday.
Raymond Grimes, 48, and David Reed, 25, were apprehended, and police later searched Grimes' 77 Bridge St. Apt. C residence. Police said they found suspected meth oil, muriatic acid, lye, plastic tubing and drug paraphernalia. Inside the trash bin they also located more tubing, a battery, cold packs, coffee filters and a plastic bottle suspected for use in the manufacture of meth.
People were evacuated from the Bridge Street complex as Hazardous Materials crews, Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force, Braceville and Newton Falls police were at the scene.
Neighbors said they saw swarms of cruisers surrounding the two story cream brick building with several outdoor storage units about 1 p.m.
"The cops kept pulling in and then HazMat came in," said Roger Baker, who watched from his home across the street.
In his dozen years living near the complex, he said he has had his suspicions about the very active residences.
"There's so many people coming and going, it's like a little town," Baker said.
The two men will be arraigned in Newton Falls Municipal Court. Grimes faces a second-degree felony charge of manufacturing in a school zone, while Reed faces a third-degree felony charge of illegal manufacturing of drugs.
The TAG Law Enforcement Task Force, a multi-county specialty crimes unit that focuses investigations on drug traffickers, firearm traffickers, gangs and homeland security, is heading the investigation.