Reduced charge in meth lab case

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Ravenna woman has pleaded guilty to a low-level felony charge in connection with a police raid on her residence after a methamphetamine lab was discovered there in August.

Megan L. Myers, 30, of 825 Cleveland Road, recently pleaded guilty to permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, before Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. Sentencing is pending a pre-sentence investigation.

Myers remains free on bond on the condition she remain a Portage County resident while her case is pending in court.

Myers was indicted by a Portage County grand jury in August on five felony drug manufacturing and child endangering charges that could have sent her to prison. Instead, it is likely she will receive probation or minimal jail time at sentencing.

Myers, Bruce L. Riley, 30, and Natalia N. Ellis, 26, were arrested after a Ravenna police officer and a caseworker from the Portage County Department of Job and Family Services went to Myers' residence on Aug. 9 to conduct a welfare check on children living there.

The agency had received a complaint that methamphetamine was being "cooked" inside the residence, according to Ravenna police.

Myers let the caseworker and the officer inside, and they found chemicals typically used to manufacture methamphetamine inside the house, along with some of the finished drug, police said.

Riley and Ellis, who also were living in the home, also were arrested.

Four children belonging to the two families living in the house were exposed to the chemicals and drugs and officers removed them from the home for their safety, according to Ravenna police.

Riley and Ellis are scheduled to go on trial on four felony drug and child endangering charges apiece in Pittman's courtroom on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Follow Dave O'Brien on Twitter at @RCCrimeWatch. Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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