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Rangers Take Down Methamphetamine Operation On Park Land

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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On August 16th, rangers, Cuyahoga Falls narcotics detectives and members of the Summit County drug task force served arrest and search warrants at a residence adjacent to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The operation marked the culmination of weeks of surveillance and investigation of a clandestine methamphetamine lab on park land near the house. Two occupants of the home were arrested; a third fled into the woods during the raid and has not yet been arrested. Additional arrest warrants have also been issued. The case began when rangers on foot patrol near the boundary discovered a dump site containing methamphetamine related trash. Rangers then worked with detectives to establish the connection between the lab and suspected meth manufacturers at the residence. This was the second meth dumpsite discovered in the park in recent weeks and intelligence suggests a sharp increase in the “cooking” of meth on public lands in the area. In keeping with the tenets of Operational Leadership, training in the recognition of these hazards is planned for park staff, volunteers and park partners.



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