Portage County Drug Task Force Agents uncovered a methamphetamine lab at 6395 West Shore Drive, in Franklin Township Jan. 29.
Arrested were Michael D. Piskac, 30, of Ravenna, Ashley Ann Mitrovic, 23, of Tallmadge and Robert J. Akers of Kent.
According to Sheriff David W. Doak, Piskac, Mitrovic and Akers were charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a second-degree felony.
Doak said members of the Portage County Drug Task Force received information of a possible methamphetamine lab at the West Shore Drive residence. Task Force officers were able to confirm the information following a two day investigation and obtained a court ordered search warrant for the residence. Upon making entry into the residence Task Force officers encountered four individuals inside the residence and the remnants of an active methamphetamine lab along with methamphetamine product from the cook. The lab was located in the attic/crawl space of the residence.
Task Force Members who specialize in Clandestine Drug Lab Clean-up collected evidence samples and dismantled the lab due to the high risk of fire hazards associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Kent Fire Department was called to the residence to provide safety measures while the lab team dismantled the lab and recovered the appropriate samples. A chemical disposal company was called to the scene to remove the toxic chemicals.
According to Doak this is the second time this month that Piscak and Mitrovic were arrested for Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs. Piscak and Mitrovic were arrested by Task Force Officers Jan. 5 in Kent and charged with Illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
Task Force agents will present additional evidence to the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office seeking additional charges on Piscak, Mitrovic and Akers.
Portage County Drug Task Force comprises members from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Portage County Prosecutor’s Office, Cities of Aurora, Kent, Ravenna and Streetsboro and the Village of Garrettsville, U.S. Drug Enforcement and U.S Department of Homeland Security.