Police shut down meth lab in Columbiana County

Left to right: Tristan Davis, Michael Gougenour,Rachel Kreps

HANOVERTON, Ohio (WKBN) – Police in Columbiana County shut down a methamphetamine operation at Queen’s Garden on Route 30 just east Hanoverton after a tip to the Columbiana County Drug Task Force.

Three people were arrested in a raid around 8 p.m. Wednesday, where the Columbiana County Drug Task Force found dangerous chemicals and what they call a “shake and bake” operation.

The raid began at 8 p.m. and lasted until early Thursday morning. Police arrested Rachel Kreps, 28, of Hanoverton; Tristan Apinis, 30, of Salem; and Michael Goughenour, 33, of Salem. They were arraigned Thursday in Columbiana County Municipal Court and are due back for a preliminary hearing July 9.

Police said the meth lab was at a home rented to Kreps.

The suspects are accused of making small batches of meth in soda liter bottles. Seven bottles were taken from the home.

Also confiscated were materials used to manufacture meth, such as lithium batteries, cold medicine tablets and lye. A small amount of marijuana was also found.

Several children live in the neighborhood and were outside playing when the raid began.

“The children here in the neighborhood and getting that away from them. If they would have a flash fire where one of those kids was playing anywhere near that house, it would be a horrible tragedy,” said Lt. Brian McLaughlin of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force.

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