Meth lab in Norwalk?

Cary Ashby • Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 9:57 AM

The Norwalk Police Department found evidence of suspected methamphetamine being produced at a Woodlawn Avenue residence.

The special response team and uniformed officers used a drug-related search warrant at 30 Woodlawn Ave. on Tuesday.

“A search warrant was obtained after information was received which indicated methamphetamines were being made at 30 Woodlawn Ave. Evidence was collected during the search of the residence which confirmed methamphetamines were being produced (there) at one time,” Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said. 

Police arrested three suspects and transported them to the Huron County Jail.

Jack J. Leimeister, 30, of 30 Woodlawn Ave.; Ian S. Poland, 26, of 39 Jefferson St.; and Samantha J. Reed, 23, of 15 Fruen St., are charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to eight years in prison.

“Jack Leimeister admitted (to) using methamphetamines. Ian Poland was recently released from prison and admitted to using methamphetamines, heroin, marijuana and prescription medication,” Fry said.

In January 2014, Poland received a 30-month prison sentence. The former New London resident was convicted of fleeing from police after a Sept. 13, 2014 burglary in Norwalk.

Officers arrested Poland, who stole an HP laptop computer, in the basement of a Newton Street apartment complex shortly after he fled from inside a Cortland Street residence. Officers recovered the computer.

“Samantha Reed is currently out on bond for aggravated vehicular assault and admitted to using methamphetamines,” Fry said. “Additional arrests will be made as the result of these investigations.”

Reed is charged with driving under the influence in connection with the same Jan. 1 one-vehicle crash. Her Huron County Common Pleas Court trial is set for July 26. She was out on a $10,000 bond.

“The Norwalk Police Department would like to thank the following agencies (which) assisted with this (drug) investigation: The Norwalk Fire Department, Willard Police Department, Huron County Prosecutor’s Office, Mansfield Police Department/METRICH Enforcement Unit, Shelby Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” Fry said.

Norwalk and Willard are members of METRICH, a 10-county drug task force.

Anyone with information concerning the sale and/or use of illegal drugs is encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department at 419-663-6780. Tipsters may leave information anonymously. 

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