Judge gives treatment sentence to Portage County meth makers

By Dave O'Brien | Staff writer Published:

Two Portage County residents who made methamphetamine at a Streetsboro campground in June have been sentenced to drug treatment at a facility in Trumbull County.

Justin J. Adkins, 23, of 2757 Stanwich St., Streetsboro, recently pleaded guilty to complicity to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow's courtroom.

Enlow ordered Adkins to complete the drug treatment program at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren. He also placed Adkins on five years probation, ordered him sent for a mental health evaluation and to find and keep a full-time job.

Adkins' driver's license was suspended for six months. Enlow suspended a $5,000 drug fine because Adkins is indigent and unable to pay, according to court records.

His co-defendant Stephanie Cross, 22, of 133 W. Elm St., Kent, also recently pleaded guilty to complicity to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom. She was ordered Nov. 5 to successfully complete the NEOCAP program, serve five years on probation and had her driver's license suspended for one year. Cross also was fined $5,000, according to Pittman's order.

Adkins, Cross and Ronnie E. Calton Jr., 33, of Streetsboro, were all arrested following an investigation by the Portage County Drug Task Force and Streetsboro police into reports of a meth lab at the Streetsboro KOA campground, 187 S.R. 303, on June 13.

Officers found the ingredients of a meth lab outside a camping trailer, additional chemicals and components in two backpacks on a trail behind the camper and a third lab in a wooded area at the campground. Calton was arrested at the scene and Adkins and Cross later indicted by a Portage County grand jury.

Calton pleaded guilty in August to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and was sentenced by Pittman to one year in prison and fined $5,000, according to court records.

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  • Our justice system is failing us. What are we going to do about it? Drugie after Drugie gets probation and all the while the county is complaining about the amount of drugs available in Portage County. We need to replace every Judge in the system until we get one that will stand up against drug use. Maybe we should use the Amish way of shunning the judges until they start getting tough on drugs. Let us no longer refer to them as his honor. In fact let us shun them.

  • Lets Make a Dope Deal!

  • notsure I keep wondering why all media keeps saying The KOA campground is in Streetsboro?When it is clearly on the Hudson Side. Can someone clear this up for me?