LORAIN — One by one, police are investigating and arresting illegal methamphetamine manufacturers who they say make up a small, tight-knit community in Lorain.
The first in what police believe will be a series of arrests came Tuesday when Kristie Kimball, 50, and her longtime boyfriend Roger Nelson, 51, were charged with illegal assembly of chemicals around 1:30 p.m. at their home on the 3700 block of Woodward Avenue.
Police believe the couple is tied to a larger group of methamphetamine manufacturers in the city.
On Monday, officers from the Lorain Police Department and the Lorain County Drug Task Force donned safety suits and executed a search warrant at the home, wary of potentially dangerous chemicals.
“I don’t think people realize the serious dangers involved (in making methamphetamine),” Lorain police Detective Michael Gidich said.
Inside both the house and adjoining garage, officers found chemicals and other components used to cook methamphetamine, including the drug itself, according to Gidich.
No one was home Monday, but police returned a day later and found Kimball and Nelson and charged them.
The search came after a month-long investigation stemming from an incident April 7.
On that afternoon, officers responded to a tip about a chemical smell at the house at 903 W. Seventh Court. They arrived to find clear plastic bottles containing ingredients used to make methamphetamine but didn’t find anyone in the house.
Gidich said police believe Kimball and Nelson are connected to the methamphetamine operation on Seventh Court, because people who illegally manufacture the drug generally work together.
“As opposed to people who manufacture other drugs … (methamphetamine manufacturers) all get together and work it out,” Gidich said.
Police expect to arrest at least six more people connected to the methamphetamine lab on Seventh Court soon, Gidich said.
“We’re pretty much wrapping it up,” he said.
Kimball and Nelson were taken to the Lorain County Jail where they each were being held on a $75,000 bond Wednesday.
They both are scheduled for court 1 p.m. Monday at Lorain Court of Common Pleas.