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Anonymous Tip Launched Suspected Meth Lab Investigation, Not Chemical Odor

Stow police said initial information suggested Tuesday's suspected meth lab bust was spurred by a child smelling of chemicals, but it was actually an anonymous tip.

A suspected meth lab was busted up Tuesday afternoon at a Lillian Road residence, but the tip that led Stow police to the alleged drug operation didn’t originate from a Lakeview Intermediate School employee.

Stow police said initial information suggested the investigation was launched after a 12-year-old arrived at Lakeview for class on Tuesday morning smelling of chemicals, the Stow Sentry reports.

However, Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker has learned the real tip came anonymously from a caller who informed a Kimpton Middle School employee that a Stow student might be living in a meth house.  

School administrators determined the tip was in reference to the 12-year-old who lived at the home in question, and it was then Lakeview staff that informed police of the alleged drug activity.

Acting on that information, Stow police and the Summit County Drug Unit searched 1842 Lillian Rd., arrested Jason and Brandi Little and charged them with the illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony; illegal assembly of chemicals, a second-degree felony; and endangering children, a third-degree felony.  

Children ages 2, 8, 9, 11 and 12 were removed from the home and taken into Summit County Children's Services. 

Jason Little, 37, of Stow, is being held on a $500,000 surety bond; and Brandi Little, 28, of Stow, is being held on a $50,000 surety bond.

Both remain in Summit County Jail and will appear in Stow Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26, according to the Stow Clerk of Courts Office.

Given the felony counts, their cases will likely be bound over to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.  

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