Man Arrested, Meth Lab Found Next To Child's Bedroom

| by Sean Kelly
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A Barberton, Ohio, man was arrested after police found him operating a meth lab inside of a home, next to a child's bedroom.

Police began investigating the home after noticing suspicious activity inside. They ultimately received permission from the owners to conduct a search, and found meth materials in the garage.

They then discovered a lab inside of a room that was located next to a child's bedroom.

"They found methamphetamines, as well as pseudoephedrine," Barberton Police public information officer Marty Ebehart said.  Neighbors said they believe two young girls lived inside of the house, which reportedly had a strong odor similar to "burning chlorine."

"The girls weren’t very clean. They had holes in their shirts sometimes," one neighbor said. Several neighbors said they witnessed fires burning outside the home on a number of occasions.

"It smelled like a gas fire," one neighbor told Cleveland 19 News.

Thomas Harris, 43, was arrested and charged with illegal manufacture of drugs. The crime was a first-degree felony, due to the children living inside of the home.

"Obviously, having a meth lab where you have your kids is a big deal. That’s why it’s a very severe charge. It’s the highest degree felony in the state of Ohio," Ebehart said.

Sources: Cleveland 19 News, Fox 8 / Photo credit: Cleveland 19 News

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