Kent man sentenced to jail, probation, fined for meth lab in River Street apartment in June 2012

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Portage County Common Pleas judge recently sentenced a Kent man to more than a month in the Portage County jail and fined him $5,000 for making methamphetamine in a South River Street apartment in June 2012. On April 8, Judge Laurie Pittman sentenced Xavier N. Taylor, 21, of 1002 S. Water St., to 38 days in the Portage County jail and five years probation based on his plea of guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, in February. He faced a minimum of probation or one to three years in prison.

Pittman also ordered Taylor to get a substance abuse evaluation and follow all the recommendations stemming from that evaluation, find a full-time job within six months and keep it while serving his probation term, according to her sentencing order. She also suspended his driver's license for one year with privileges for work, probation and counseling appointments, and addiction recovery meetings, according to her orders.

If Taylor violates his probation, he faces three years in prison.

Taylor was caught with chemicals used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine after the Portage County Drug Task Force received a tip from Kent police that there was a suspected meth lab in the Riverview Apartments at 250 S. River St. Agents set up surveillance on Taylor's apartment and on June 6, 2012, observed him and Jacob A. Barr, 20, of Solon, carrying meth lab paraphernalia to a trash bin behind the complex, according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.

Agents recovered the items from the trash and used them as probable cause to get a search warrant for Taylor's apartment, where they found a "one pot" meth lab and additional items -- charcoal, lighter fluid, funnels and sodium hydroxide -- used to make methamphetamine, Vigluicci said.

Taylor later was indicted by a Portage County grand jury. Barr was arrested and charged, but his case was dismissed for further review by the prosecutor's office in June 2012, and he has yet to be indicted.

Taylor is a 2010 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, according to his Facebook page.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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