Agents regularly monitor those who attempt to purchase excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine. This is a constant ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. While doing so, agents identified a group of people in the Wadsworth area who had either made or attempted to make numerous purchases of pseudoephedrine and other chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. On September 17th, while conducting surveillance on the suspect’s home, agents followed several people to a Wadsworth area store where they again purchased pseudoephedrine products. Agents contacted the Wadsworth Police Department whose officers were able to stop the suspect’s after they left the store.
A drug detection K-9 from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene and alerted to the suspect’s car. A search of the car resulted in the seizure of suspected methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.
During a later search of the suspect’s home in Wadsworth agents discovered 3 one-pot meth labs and several other items commonly used in the production of methamphetamine. Due to the volatile nature of this type of meth lab, the Wadsworth Fire Department was called to stand-by for the safety of the agents cleaning up the scene.
Two people, Scott Gerry and Michelle Cardarelli, were arrested and charged with Illegal Assembly of Chemicals, a 3rd degree felony. Michael Miller was arrested on an outstanding methamphetamine related arrest warrant through Summit County. One other person was released from the scene without being charged at this time.