2 arrested for running meth lab

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NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) — Two men arrested for running a meth lab in Newton Falls have been identified.

Raymond Grimes, 48, and David Reed, 25, were arrested on Tuesday by the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force at an apartment on Bridge Street in Newton Falls.

Both men were charged with felony counts of drug manufacturing. The charge against Grimes was elevated because the crime occurred near a school.

When police arrived, the two were trying to break down the lab and dispose of its contents in a dumpster behind a local business. Police found a plastic bottle, tubing, battery, cold packs and coffee filters in the dumpster.

A search of Grimes’ apartment at 77 Bridge St. uncovered suspected methamphetamine oil, muriatic acid, lye, plastic tubing and drug paraphernalia.

The Trumbull County Hazardous Materials team was called to the scene to neutralize the chemicals.

While HAZMAT crews worked to remove the chemicals, residents from the Bridge Street complex were evacuated.

Both men are scheduled to appear in Newton Falls court by video for their arraignments on Thursday.

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