Meth lab suspect in court

Aaron Knupp

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man arrested during a meth lab raid in Coitsville last week was arraigned on Tuesday.

Aaron Knupp, 38, pleaded not guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs.

His bond was set at $10,000. A pretrial is scheduled for Feb. 11

Knupp was arrested during a raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab on John White Road in Coitsville Township on Friday.

Coitsville Township police, agents with the U.S. Marshals Office, Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputies and drug task force agents descended on the house near the Pennsylvania border after a three-month undercover investigation into drug manufacturing inside the home.

Police estimate between 3 and 5 grams of methamphetamine was found. They said the estimated street value would be $500,000.

Five people were found inside the house. Three of them had outstanding warrants, including Knupp, who police said lives there and was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on drug charges Thursday. Police said Knupp had installed a motion detector along the driveway so he could see people coming and going.

Jaymelyn Williams, 24, of Girard, and Seth Keyes, 36, of Hubbard were among those arrested at the scene on outstanding warrants.

Williams appeared in Lisbon court Monday on a theft charge from an unrelated case dating back to 2012. Her bond was set at $1,000. Keyes appeared Monday in Austintown court on three counts of forgery from a November 2013 case. Bond was set at $10,000.

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