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Meth lab bust nets 3 arrests in Paulding PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:04 PM

PAULDING – Three individuals are in custody following a meth lab bust last Wednesday morning in Paulding.

According to Sheriff Jason Landers, deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office along with investigators from the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force executed a search warrant on Rita Street in Paulding Nov. 27. The search warrant was for a suspected meth lab inside the residence located at 13570 Rita Street.

Arrested at the scene were Joshua P. Smith, age 36, Jonathan C. Hornish, age 24, and Cassandra R. Crites, age 30. All are from Paulding.

Preliminary charges filed on the suspects include possession of drugs, assembly of chemicals to produce methamphetamine and felony child endangering.

During the execution of the search warrant, investigators located Crites with her 10-year-old daughter inside the residence. Investigators worked with Paulding Job & Family Services social worker investigators to properly care for the juvenile.

“I appreciate everyone’s efforts today. This investigation has been ongoing for several months,” said Landers. “I enjoy the cooperation from Job & Family Services investigators as they acted quickly to take good care of the juvenile that resides in the residence. All folks involved worked together to make the Emerald Acres neighborhood a little safer for the holidays.”

The investigation continues in regards to this case. More charges are expected to be filed at the December session of the county grand jury.

If anyone has information regarding drug activity or any other crime, please contact the sheriff’s office at 419-399-3791. Leave information via Facebook by searching Facebook/Paulding County Sheriff’s Office or visit the website at and leave an email for the sheriff. Anonymous tips can be submitted via the website by scrolling to the bottom of any page and clicking on “Send us an anonymous tip.”