Meth lab items turned in

NEW WATERFORD – The case of an alleged meth lab in the village added another chapter last week.

Police reported Monday that Chealsea Cope, owner of the home at 3618 Silliman St., came to the police station at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a garbage bag full of items she said were “items” she found at her home when she returned there after getting out of jail.

Cope said she did not want to get in trouble for having the items.

The bag, police said, “contained ingredients used to make methampatimine, and was an inactive lab, including the byproduct of methamphetamine.”

The items were secured due to their combustibility, police said, and agents from the county Drug Task Force and the DEA were contacted. The DEA disposed of the items.

Cope was reportedly residing in East Palestine when the Silliman Street was raided on Feb. 20.

Authorities said they found an inactive meth lab and chemicals to produce methamphetamine along with several guns.

The raid resulted in four people, Heidi and Daniel Todd, Bradley Carpenter and Jill Fulton, being indicted on multiple felony charges related to the illegal manufacture of drugs.

New Waterford police said Monday it is unclear where the meth lab contents Cope turned in Thursday came from, “as the items brought to the station were not inside the residence during the initial search warrant in February.”