WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – There was a big commotion at the Hampshire House Apartments in Warren early Thursday morning after a woman flagged down two policemen to say that a resident was making methamphetamine there.
Police were called about 3 a.m. to the apartments at 1208 Fifth Street. They said a woman was seen throwing a backpack into a dumpster. That backpack was recovered and found to contain meth-making chemicals.
Police said an investigation determined Keoni Walker had been making the drug in the crowded apartment, where there were 10 people, including several children, according to police. Four children were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Police said a pair of 7-month old twins were found in the room used to make the drug. Four other children between the ages of 8 and 14 were also in the apartment.
Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci said the situation was especially dangerous for the kids.
“Children’s lungs aren’t developed like adults, so for them to ingest any fumes would be very bad for them,” he said.
Walker was met in the parking lot by police and said he was throwing away an old meth lab that his brother had. Police went into the apartment with the fire department and got everyone out safely.
Officers searched the apartment and a van that was parked outside during their investigation.
Police said it was evident that illegal activity was taking place due to the smell.
“You can’t tell me you didn’t know this was going on, because it was obvious to us that we knew this was going on from entering the apartment,” Massucci said. “Especially in that backroom where we located the kids. It was actually going on in the same room the kids were in. That’s bad.”
Police compared the situation to an investigation in which Carlissa Davis’s children were found to have ingested narcotics in Warren last year. They needed to be revived with Naloxone, an opioid reversal drug.
Police said more people could be facing charges. For now, Walker has been charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs.