April 16, 2014

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Parma man arrested for meth ingredients

SHARON TWP. — A 34-year-old Parma man was arrested Friday evening during a traffic stop on five warrants for purchasing excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine — a chemical used in producing methamphetamines.

Medina County Drug Task Force agents wear protective clothing to handle dangerous chemicals seized in a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Christopher Pappas. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Sheriff’s deputies reported they stopped Christopher R. Pappas while he traveled east on state Route 18 near State Road. After finding he had warrants, they searched his car and said they found several other ingredients used in making the drug.

Pappas was charged Friday with illegal assembly of chemicals, a third-degree felony punishable by three years in prison.

Pappas is being held in the Medina County Jail awaiting arraignment today in Wadsworth Municipal Court.

Police said his misdemeanor warrants resulted from an investigation by Medina Police Detective Sara Lynn, who works with the Medina County Drug Task Force. Lynn reported that she tracked Pappas’ purchases, which were made in April or earlier and continued through this month.

Task force agents were called to the scene Friday to handle the dangerous chemicals found in the vehicle. Sharon Township firefighters also were called in because of the danger of explosion.

The chemicals were neutralized without incident.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.