Austintown couple indicted for meth lab

An Austintown couple was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on several high-level felony charges related to what police said was a meth lab found at their home last month.

Sherry Smart, 32, and Thomas Smart, 39, were indicted on one count each of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and drug possession. All of the charges are first-degree or second-degree felonies because there were children present in the home, according to court records.

According to court documents, the amount of meth possessed by the two was more than 50 times the bulk amount set by Ohio law.

Both have been at the Mahoning County Jail on a $100,000 bond since their arraignment Aug. 13.

The Mahoning Valley Task Force served a search warrant at the couple’s home at 1149 Ohltown Road on Aug. 12, finding meth-manufacturing materials and several guns, according to police.

At the time of the search warrant being served, the Mahoning County Children’s Services Board took the couple’s two kids and placed them with a family member that the board deemed to be safe, police said.

No court date has yet been set.

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