New Castle News

April 2, 2014

Two wanted on meth lab-related charges

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Police are looking for two people who allegedly had a methamphetamine lab in Little Beaver Township.

State police in Butler Monday charged Ronald L. Lowe, 44, of 2615 Route 551, Enon Valley, and Heidi Lynn Todd, 34, of Columbiana, Ohio, in connection with the discovery last summer that they allegedly had chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to police, the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Youngstown contacted state troopers July 2, saying they had a felony warrant for Todd, whom they believed was living with Lowe in Little Beaver Township.

Her warrant was for failure to appear in court in Ohio for charges of dangerous drugs. When the marshal’s office went to serve the warrant, they allegedly discovered what they thought were items used in the production of methamphetamine, according to police.

State troopers went to Lowe’s house, where the owner gave consent for a search. A trooper initially found items used in manufacturing meth in one of the bedrooms, left immediately and contacted the state police clandestine lab response team, police said.

When they responded with protective gear and searched, police said, they found numerous items and chemicals allegedly used in the production and use of methamphetamine, including 11 syringes. The items were signed over to a forensic scientist.

Todd told police she had been living with Lowe for about month, according to court documents. Police said she admitted she had been manufacturing methamphetamine, adding there was a sulfuric acid bottle in a bedroom.

The forensic scientist’s lab report showed the bottle contained sodium distillates, a reactive metal, sodium hydroxide, pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine.

The items analyzed in other bottles included pseudoephedrine, ammonium nitrate, sodium hydroxide, reactive metal and solvent, all components used in the making of meth, according to police.

One bottle was identified as a one-pot reaction bottle and other bottles were identified as gas generators.

Todd and Lowe were charged in the office of District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright with operating a methamphetamine lab; manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance; depositing, storing and disposing of chemical waste; possession of red phosphorus and other chemicals with intent to manufacture controlled substances; knowingly possessing ephedrine; possession of a controlled substance; use or possession of drug paraphernalia; and recklessly endangering another person.

Lowe also is charged with conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess a controlled substance.

Warrants have been issued for their arrests.