A Randolph man twice convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine in Portage County and who served prison time for the crime is facing new felony charges for having a mobile meth lab in a car he was driving in Mahoning County's Smith Township, according to WKBN-TV Youngstown.
Smith Township is in southern Mahoning County, near Sebring.
Stephen M. Kalcic, 27, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of illegal manufacturing of drugs and two counts of endangering children for having his girlfriend's two small children inside the vehicle, the news station reported. The charges are all second-degree felonies.
Kalcic's girlfriend, Megan Kiser, 28, of Sebring, also was arrested on charges of possessing drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor, after officers saw Kalcic driving erratically at about 9:15 p.m. Monday on Lake Park Boulevard, WKBN reported.
Officers pulled over the car and the occupants allegedly consented to a search. Drug paraphernalia, a tinfoil ball with coffee filters and a "gray powdery substance" inside were found inside the car, along with a "one-pot" meth lab, WKBN reported
Kalcic allegedly admitted to owning the mobile meth lab, while Kiser allegedly told police she never would have allowed her children in the car if she had known Kalcic put the meth lab in the trunk, according to WKBN.
The children were released to their grandmother, WKBN reported.
It is at least the third time in six years Kalcic has been charged with illegally making meth. His first conviction was in Portage County Common Pleas Court in 2007 on a fourth-degree felony charge of attempted illegal possession or assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. He was sentenced to two years probation, according to court records.
Kalcic was again arrested by the Portage County Drug Task Force on Nov. 10, 2009, following an Oct. 26 raid on his Randolph residence. Agents found items commonly used to make meth in Kalcic's bedroom.
Kalcic pleaded guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, in January 2010 and was sentenced by Judge Laurie Pittman to three years in prison and fined $7,500.
Kiser has a prior conviction for felony child endangering in Portage County, according to court records. That charge also was related to the discovery of a meth lab.