LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Late Friday, authorities raided a Lisbon house, finding what investigators say was a pair of small methamphetamine operations.
“I think its just one cook showing another cook how to make the product,” Columbiana County Task Force Director Brian Mclaughlin said.
Members of the Task Force and Lisbon Police arrested husband-and-wife couples Heather and Chris Miller and Regina and Alex Porter. We’re told the apartment they raided was Miller’s and that Heather’s ten-year-old daughter was also there at the time.
Although the village has a population of just 2200, the arrest marked the third meth lab busted there in the last twelve months. Across the county, police discovered 19 such labs for all of last year, compared to none in 2012.
Although meth is a problem in the community, according to Abraham, it’s not the biggest problem.
“We did 37 cases within a year as far as drugs,” Lisbon Police Chief Michael Abraham said. “I would have to say that heroin and prescription medications is probably more of an issue than methamphetamine.”
But the Chief also said that while his department only has five full time officers, he’s found a way to utilize other resources.
“A lot of communities only have part time officers in the (drug task force),” Abraham said. “We’re very fortunate to have a full time guy there that works drug cases here in the village.”
Reasons for the growth of drug traffic, and meth specifically, appear to be based on location.
“You have Portage County, which is very close, and they’re one of the top runners in the state. along with Summit County.”
The four suspects arrested are all due in court this week.