Two meth cooks face court-ordered drug treatment

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By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer

Two Portage County residents who made methamphetamine at a Streetsboro campground in June have been sentenced to court-ordered drug treatment at a facility in Trumbull County.

Justin J. Adkins, 23, of, Streetsboro, pleaded guilty Sept. 11 to complicity to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow's courtroom.

Enlow ordered Adkins to complete the drug treatment program at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren. He also placed Adkins on five years probation, ordered him sent for a mental health evaluation and to find and keep a full-time job.

Adkins' driver's license was suspended for six months. Enlow suspended a $5,000 drug fine because Adkins is indigent and unable to pay, according to court records.

Co-defendant Stephanie Cross, 22, of Kent, pleaded guilty Aug. 16 to complicity to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.

She was ordered Nov. 5 to successfully complete the NEOCAP program, serve five years on probation and had her driver's license suspended for one year with privileges for work, probation and counseling appointments. Cross also was fined $5,000, according to Pittman's order.

Adkins, Cross and Ronnie E. Calton Jr., 33, of Streetsboro, were all arrested following an investigation by the Portage County Drug Task Force and Streetsboro police into reports of a meth lab at the Streetsboro KOA campground, 187 Route 303, on June 13.

Officers found the ingredients of a meth lab outside a camping trailer, additional chemicals and components in two backpacks on a trail behind the camper and a third lab in a wooded area at the campground. Calton was arrested at the scene and Adkins and Cross later indicted by a Portage County grand jury.

Calton pleaded guilty Aug. 31 to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and was sentenced that same day by Pittman to one year in prison and fined $5,000.

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