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Three weeks after being arrested by the Portage County Drug Task Force in connection to a methamphetamine lab on Cherry Lane in Franklin Township, two alleged meth cooks were arrested again about a block away for allegedly cooking meth in a West Shore Drive residence.
Michael D. Piskac, 30, of Ravenna; Ashley A. Mitrovic, 23, of Tallmadge; and Robert J. Akers, 51, of 6395 W. Shore Drive, were arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, a second-degree felony, after drug task force agents uncovered an alleged meth lab at 6395 West Shore Drive.
Piskac and Mitrovic previously were arrested in a meth lab bust on Jan. 5, along with three other individuals, at 6490 Cherry Lane in Franklin Township. They were out on bond while their cases were being reviewed for indictment by a Portage County grand jury.
According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak, members of the 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, he said. Upon entry, task force officers encountered four individuals inside the residence, the remnants of an active methamphetamine lab located in the attic of the residence, along with finished methamphetamine.
Task force members who specialize in clandestine drug lab clean-up collected evidence samples and dismantled the lab because of the high fire hazard risk associated with making meth.
The Kent Fire Department was called to provide safety measures during the collection of evidence and clean up, and a chemical disposal company was called to the scene to remove the toxic chemicals.
All three suspects were arraigned Wednesday in Portage County Municipal Court. Piskac and Mitrovic are being held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $100,000, pending future court dates. Akers is being held on 10 percent of $35,000 bond, court records show.
Task force agents will present additional evidence to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office seeking additional charges on Piskac, Mitrovic and Akers.
The Portage County Task Force is comprised of officers from the Aurora, Garrettsville, Kent, Streetsboro, and Windham police departments, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Portage County Prosecutor's Office, DEA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Suspected drug activity can be reported by calling 330-296-8626 or by sending an email to email@example.com.