Portage Drug Task Force finds meth lab, 'deplorable' conditions at West Main Street residence

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A residence on West Main Street in Kent was condemned for occupancy because of "deplorable" living conditions there after a meth lab was discovered there last week.

Three residents of 916 W. Main St. also were charged with making methamphetamine inside the residence, which also had several unlicensed dogs inside, according to Sheriff David Doak.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said agents executed a search warrant at 916 W. Main St. on May 29 and recovered evidence of a meth lab in the residence and an adjacent storage building. Methamphetamine, heroin, syringes and other drug paraphernalia were recovered.

Adam C. Ebel, 32, Stephanie Ebel, 52, and Rachel C. Gulakowski, 32, all of 916 W. Main St., were arrested and charged with various drug crimes by the Portage County Drug Task Force.

The Portage County Dog Warden's Office and Kent animal control officers assisted because of a large number of dogs at the residence, and cited Stephanie Ebel with a pair of misdemeanors for failure to properly license her dogs.

"Deplorable living conditions at the residence" also resulted in the Kent City Health Department condemning the residence for occupancy, according to Doak. The Kent Fire Department was called as a precautionary measure while members of the task force disassembled the explosive, toxic meth labs.

Adam Ebel was indicted Thursday on six drug-related felonies: One count each of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony; two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies, for allegedly selling methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school twice in May; one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony; and one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin, both fifth-degree felonies. He was being held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $40,000 bond.

Stephanie Ebel is charged with one count each of illegal manufacturing of drugs, a second-degree felony, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. She is free after posting $2,000 bond.

Gulakowski was jailed on 10 percent of $20,000 bond, charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

Adam Ebel was convicted of meth-related charges and trafficking in marijuana in November 2009, according to court records. Gulakowski was convicted of felony heroin possession in Portage County in 2007 and 2009, according to court records.

The Portage County Task Force is comprised of officers from the Aurora, Garrettsville, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham police departments, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Portage County Prosecutor's Office, DEA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Suspected drug activity can be reported by calling 330-296-8626 or by sending an email to pdtaskforce@sbcglobal.net.

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

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