Three women were convicted Monday for their involvement in a methamphetamine operation police said was run out of a North Broadway Street home.
Two of the women were sentenced Monday to three years in prison.
Kathleen Scrivens, 36, pleaded guilty to illegal assembly of meth and child endangerment. She and her children, ages 1 and 13, were living at the home, 505 N. Broadway St., which was raided Feb. 12 by Medina County Drug Task Force agents.
Gary Hubbard, director of the task force, said the children were in danger because many ingredients used in manufacturing meth are flammable, including lighter fluid and ether.
“The possibly of a meth lab fire or explosion is a constant detriment to the health and safety of the children who were living in that home,” Hubbard said.
Jennifer Haugen, 30, pleaded guilty to illegal assembly and tampering with evidence.
“She had needles and syringes, commonly used for heroin or other drugs,” Hubbard said, “and she hid them from agents when they were talking to her inside the home.”
Also convicted Monday was the homeowner, Lisbeth Karecki, 43, who pleaded guilty to illegal assembly.
She is scheduled for a July 24 sentencing, where she faces up to three years in prison.
The other two people who were arrested that day are Vincent Clark, who pleaded no contest May 16 to illegal assembly and was sentenced to four years in prison, and Kyle Roderick, who awaits a June 16 jury trial.
If convicted, Roderick faces up to eight years in prison.
Roderick and Clark initially were arrested on warrants charging them with the unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter medication that’s used as the main chemical in meth.
Ohio law prohibits how much pseudoephedrine a person can purchase in a day and in a month. Police and pharmacies monitor buyers of the drug.
When police went to the home to arrest the men after receiving an anonymous tip, they found Karecki and Scrivens also had warrants for their arrests.
Agents found drug paraphernalia and immediately obtained a search warrant. While serving the warrant, they found five portable meth labs in a bedroom and three more in a garage. Drugs and meth-making chemicals were found with help by a Montville police K-9 officer.
Medina Fire Department also was called to the house to stand by in case of a fire or explosion.