Tallmadge -- Police have charged a man in connection with a "shake and bake" methamphetamine lab found behind Midway Plaza on Brittain Road on Sunday.
Michael Adamson, 41, of Barberton, faces one court each of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, and illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs, a third-degree felony.
Police identified an undisclosed number of suspects the day after the meth lab was found, and the charges were issued against Adamson two days after that.
"Adamson was identified by papers left at the scene," said Public Information Officer Lt. Ron Williams.
While on routine patrol around 4:45 p.m., an officer found the meth lab.
"An officer was patrolling behind there and saw some trash bags that he thought had been dumped in an odd place so he checked and found the lab inside," Williams said.
The officer opened the bags and discovered various items that are commonly used in meth labs of this kind, including a coffee filter with white residue that tested positive for meth, used coffee filters, six bottles, an empty gallon of liquid fuel, two used gas generators, four empty instant cold packs, three empty battery packs, 11 cut open lithium batteries, nine empty boxes of Sudafed, and bags from three different pharmacies. A burnt light bulb that serves as a makeshift pipe for smoking meth also was found.
A drug cleanup team from outside of the police department has cleaned up the scene, he said.
Williams said it's likely the meth was made at a different location before the lab was disposed of behind the plaza.
"They call it 'shake and bake' because it's instant meth. It's a much quicker, simpler process," he said, explaining bottles, instead of beakers with rubber tubing, are used to cook the meth.
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