A Suffield man is now in custody after several warrants were out for his arrest.
According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak, 39-year-old Keith Davis was arrested on numerous outstanding warrants including drug manufacturing and assault.
The Portage County Drug Task Force conducted a raid on the home of 36-year-old Michael McClelland early Tuesday morning on complaints of narcotic trafficking and the possibility of a meth lab inside the home.
Agents then found Davis hiding at McClelland's Heartwood Drive home to avoid arrest because of his outstanding felony warrants.
During the search of the house, agents found the remains of a methamphetamine lab, drug paraphernalia, including syringes and methamphetamine.
Michael McClelland was not present at the time the warrant was executed.
Felony Drug Charges are pending against both Davis and McClelland. Davis is currently in the Portage County Jail.
Anyone who knows McClelland’s whereabouts can call the Portage County Sheriff’s Office
Authorities say the drug growing operation discovered in Mantua Township was quite "sophisticated".
Sheriff David Doak says the Portage County Drug Task Force and Manuta police arrived to the home of Matthew J. Mathers Wednesday, to find 64 plants. The 31-year old was arrested on felony charges of trafficking marijuana.
"There was a garage out back that had two grow rooms in it, some pretty sophisticated equipment for the grow," Doak said. "An indoor grow, it takes quite a bit of equipment for those to operate."
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He says agents found a growing tools at his home in the 4600 block of Wayne Road, including a tent, lights, carbon dioxide tanks and generators from Mather's garage.
The investigation into the operation has been ongoing since November.
Children at the home are now in the custody of relatives. Additional charges are pending.
Doak says drug growing operations are not common, but he did admit that crimes related to drugs keep the department busy.
"Drugs are one of the major problems that we have here in the county and being able to collaborate with the other agencies, certainly we wouldn't have near the impact without the other agencies involved," he said.
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