January 15, 2014
MANSFIELD—On January 14, 2014 at approximately 2000 hours officers from the Mansfield Police Department Afternoon Watch were investigating a complaint of an individual possibly manufacturing methamphetamine while children were present at the residence.
Both the patrol officers and detectives from the METRICH Enforcement Unit conducted a knock and talk at 87 Lexington Ave. upstairs. Officers and detectives received consent to search the upstairs apartment at which time the meth lab was found in the attic portion of the apartment. The building was evacuated and a member of the Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to the apartment to neutralize the chemicals and ingredients.
Officers arrested and charged Nicholas R. Mchugh with Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacturing of Drugs F-1. The charge was enhanced to an F-1 as there were two (2) small children present during the incident. The Richland County Children’s Services was contacted and responded to the scene as well.
METRICH Enforcement Unit Operations Supervisor Sgt. J.D. Petrycki stated that the chemical fumes produced from a meth lab can be noxious and harmful to anyone exposed to them. Some signs of meth lab chemical exposure include itching or burning of skin and eyes, difficulty breathing, or tightness in the chest area, as well as strong odors.
Citizens are encouraged to be proactive by reporting suspected drug activity. Citizens can call the METRICH crime tip hotline at 419-52-CRIME (419-522-7463) or 419-755-9728.