Falls Police Raid Suspected Meth Lab

SWAT team executes search warrant at Silver Lake Avenue home.

A Cuyahoga Falls SWAT team raided a Silver Lake Avenue home about 8 p.m. Tuesday evening and found equipment for a methamphetamine lab, hazardous materials and several weapons.

Police in a press release said, “On May 10, 2011, the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department Narcotics Unit during an investigation learned of a methamphetamine lab located at 740 Silver Lake (Ave.) in Cuyahoga Falls.” 

“A search warrant was obtained. The Cuyahoga Falls SWAT team executed the search warrant at approximately 8 p.m. without incident.”

Two juveniles, age 13 and 14, were detained and turned over to Summit County Children Services.

Police arrested John E. Richmond, 49, of 740 Silver Lake Ave., when he arrived at the home.

Richmond is charged with a felony count of illegal assembly/possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs and misdemeanor charges of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

Additional charges are pending, police said.

 Hazardous chemicals and equipment used in making methamphetamine were confiscated, police said, along with a sawed-off shotgun, three other shotguns and two rifles.

Marie May 13, 2011 at 12:23 PM
The mother isn't in trouble - because THIS wasn't going on. See Angry MOM - you only have 1 side of the story. The children aren't being neglected. YOU grow up. It's like a gossip line of 13 year old girls picking on the new kid. Everyone knows everything, but nobody bothers to find out all the facts first. It so easy to point the finger. And yes I do know because I know family members and extended family members of the Richmonds. This is a terrible thing for them!
nunyabiz May 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM
If you have murodic acid drygas and a road flair you to can have assembly of a lab. So if you have these in your grage u too can be charged.
Susan Ruiz Patton May 13, 2011 at 01:50 PM
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Darlene May 13, 2011 at 02:17 PM
@angrymom...I suppose since we hear of this happening everywhere, someone like you, would just ASSUME that this story is typical. Well let me assure you that it's not. This family should be the poster for the all american blue collar family. They are not neglected, there was no "lab", there wasnt anything. You dont know me, so I'm sure I am NOT going to dissuade your opinion on what you THINK you know. There is way more to this story, mark my words, because you will owe an apology, when it comes out. And believe this..it's gonna come out.
Darlene May 13, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I have known this family for the best part of 20 years. You all have an opinion, it's the wrong one, but you have one. I cant wait to come back here in the weeks to come to see recants on what you've said to slander John and his family. But, wait, that wont happen, will it? Because you and the "ambulance" chaser reporters will be on to the next victim. I more than any of you, I'd be safe to say, have had a slew of acquaintances, and some friends that HAVE been guilty of this crime. They deserve to be where they're at. I'm all about that. But, this is just a travesty, and it will all come out in the wash. I am ashamed of each and every one of you that have taken part in the slander of these people before you have ANY facts. Welcome to America....
Darlene May 13, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Again @angrymom, I'm not picking on you, honestly! SWAT does show up for suspicions! It's call anonymous tips, which ANYONE can call in. The kids are fine, they are only suffering at the crap that people are saying about them. You DO NOT know any facts but what you're reading. But I'm not here to argue that fact with you, it's pointless. As far as the kids going to a "bar", they have an Uncle that plays, I've been with them, and you make it sound like they are out drinking and carrying on with the kids. NOT TRUE! Now I can spend the rest of my arguing with you, but, I just dont have the energy to argue with ignorance. Have a nice day.
Laura May 13, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I'm sure you will suspend my account for this, but isn't putting this information on your website a personal attack against John and his family? I'm pretty sure this will all come to a good ending and when it does, this has labeled him as something he's not. Will you then post another ariticle about how he was falsly accused? I hope you will.
Marie May 13, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Well said Darlene - you are right on. God Bless!
herfy2 May 13, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Wow...some people need a reality check..seiously! So in the weeks to come and if he is found guilty..are you still going to say they are wrong?! Kudos to the swat team..sounds like the streets of Cuyahoga Falls just got rid of yet one more junky!!! Nobody knows what they really found at that garage...it is all hear say! Do you really think someone is really going to tell friends or family that in fact he had a Meth Lab..uh NO!!! I am here to argie with anyone but I will say I agree with angry mom on this one!!!
Darlene May 13, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Thanks Laura, guess that in a nutshell, is what I wanted to say also. I talked to kids today, and everything is okay with them for now!
Darlene May 13, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Herfy, you my friend could make one lose their temper. I'm going to chalk it to the fact you also wanna argue. Not happening, sorry. I'd win that battle too,believe me. Instead, I am going to say this for the last time,till you see it yourself. He is NOT guilty,I'd stake my and my family's reputation on that for sure. You are the one I wanna see after all is said and done, make the apology and admit you were wrong. Please if you respond, let a little maturity speak also.
Marie May 13, 2011 at 04:39 PM
So you were there? And what is an argie?? Also - we all had to use our real names - herfy and angry mom - so what's your excuse? Don't be shy!
herfy2 May 13, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.. There was no immaturity in my last comment. but darlene, I must think a whole lot more of my family than you do... Because I wouldn't place my family or my own reputation on the line for him!
jimi knipl May 13, 2011 at 04:54 PM
john does not do drugs i know him from my father who both are mechanics ive been in the garage many times working on cars with him my dad little john he is not a drug user>>>>>>>>>>>>
Candace Richmond May 13, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Thank you Darlene, Marie, Laura, and Jimi for everything your doing for us. Chris if you want to leave, Leave no ones stopping you. Angry mom you have it all wrong my parents are great people and parents. They would never put us in harms way. They would never lie to us either. As for the bars thats none of you business i have a family member in a band that we go and see. We know people in bands because of him. An my mom and dad they were complimented by this nice police officer he said how well behaved me and my brother are and how genorus, and polite we are. An as for the stuff they found, my dads a mechanic so he needs that stuff for the cars and motorcycles, etc. Not only that we have family time by going campng and boating so thats where some of that stuff comes into play. Theres more i could say but i posted it beofre and it deleted and i forgot but anyway thank you. Oh special thanks to the nice officer my mom said thanks for comforting me and my brother and the dog and thanks for the nice comments on me and my brother. Oh and thanks to the detcetives. p.s. Not to be a hater torward Newspatch.com but i dissagree. An when we prove you wrong person who posted it we want a writen apology on here where everyone can see it. Thank you.
Darlene May 13, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Well Herfy, Now I'm really sure that you are not even old enough to know what's going on? Have you ever read the United States Constitution? Do you know what it means? Read Amendment 5. I figured that you were here to argue, and I am embarrassed for you. I am embarrassed that Candice had to come here and learn a lifes' hard lesson that some people are not very nice. And, yes I mean YOU. I'm tired of listening to stupidity. I'll be checking in from time to time to see who else you're bashing. And when John get's his day, I want a few seconds of YOUR day when you apologize to this family. No need to reply because I do not care what is in your small and mean mind. Immaturity REARED it's ugly head with your last comment. So believe me when I say, NO one cares.
DJS May 13, 2011 at 10:47 PM
I grew up with John and the rest of the Richmond family and I am quite positive that in the days to come we will all find out that the S.W.A.T. Team and any other law agency involved made a huge mistake. John Richmond would never risk everything he has worked so hard for. These are good, honest and hardworking people who's name is being destroyed by this. Has anyone stopped to think that this accusation could have come from an informant trying to save their own butt. Happens all the time. I hope and pray that none of you " haters" are ever put in a position where you are forced to try to defend your family name against false accusations. To the Richmond family, all of us who REALLY know John and the rest of the family will stand behind you all. I hope that this is over and Johns name is cleared as quickly as it began and like Darlene and the others, I hope all of you "haters " are adult enough to publicly apologize to not only John but his entire family.
Darlene May 13, 2011 at 10:56 PM
DJS, THANK YOU!! I am devastated to say the least. I love these guys, we are all family. I hope this is resolved in a timely manner. Though should have NEVER happened in the first place. God Bless You!
DJS May 13, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Darlene, You are quite welcome. I am willing to defend the TRUTH. Good people should never have to deal with this type of public humiliation.
GREGORY EISENHUT May 14, 2011 at 02:03 AM
eerjr July 03, 2011 at 06:08 PM
the Tests are back every thing came back negative. now what cfpd And swatt are under the gun now.running to save face. We would be better off If the sheirff's took over.
Lindsay McCoy July 05, 2011 at 10:28 PM
No, I talked to police and they say the illegal assembly of meth para. was still present, constituting a felony.
Darlene July 06, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Hi Lindsay, my name is Darlene, and I too am from NorthHampton! I've known John and his family for many years. There is something about this whole situation that doesnt make sense to me. I would think in this case that a prosecutor would have a difficult time trying to convince a jury, that items that are considered para to a guy thats an auto mechanic almost impossible. Does this mean that if we have this stuff in our homes, and say, we piss off the neighbor and this neighbor knows that this stuff is used for manufacturing a drug , he calls the cops and here we are in the same situation. That would mean that each and every one of us, i'm sure at some time or another have used or still have in our own garages or basements, the same things in our possesion not knowing what consequence we could be facing too. That means, as a sanitation supervisor, to a housekeeper, to a homemaker, to a auto mechanic, you better watch your behind, for using the tools that you need to do a job. Does this makes places like autozone, the worlds largest automotive retailer and fortune 300 company, the Largest supplier of drug para in the world? Or the janitorial company that supplies products to businesses, and even Wal- Mart??
Darlene July 06, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Where's the comment from "eerjr"? I think his comment about the tests results should be heard too!!
Lindsay McCoy July 06, 2011 at 11:45 AM
His comment was removed per our terms of use policy.
David Holder July 16, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Why was a retraction never printed regarding this mans innocence? Did I miss something here? I've noted a LOT of stories of late reeking of sensationalism along the lines of the Jerry Springer show,...TRIPE. Alot of people jumped on the "cross burning" band wagon and said some incredibly cruel things about this man and all without knowing the facts of the matter,... I do not know this man but I think someone at "the patch" needs to do a follow up on this story and tell the witch hunters the truth!
Darlene July 19, 2011 at 05:10 AM
Well, I have to say that the "grasping" of straws has really started now. REALLY?? How about taking some of the money and time wasted here and doing something constructive with it. This whole thing is so stupid and frankly makes me flippin sick. Crooks EVERYWHERE you turn..can't trust anyone downtown, uptown, above ground or under ground. Find something else to report....something with some merit. I wont be back here to comment or to read a comment. This is about as bad as the Star and those other papers at the grocers checkout.
Darlene July 19, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Who's policy, Lindsay? It was the truth..ask the prosecutor next time you "talk" to some one about the findings. I'm sure this whole thing will be deleted. But I really dont care. This is just like everything else on the internet and in the papers and on the news. Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. Have a nice day
Zack July 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Well Chris it's been two months since your post. You're probably busy unpacking at your new home. I'm curious as to whether or not you packed anything from your garage or under the kitchen sink, that might resemble a meth lab? I was shocked to see the common household items that "make up" a meth lab. I googled "what constitutes a meth lab" and wow was I astounded!!! My kids use a blender to make smoothies, should I turn them into the police? My point is not to attack you personally, because that would be against policy, but to inform you that you more than likely own 90% of what is in a meth lab. Enjoy your new home:) Hopefully you searched for known meth lab locations on your local sheriff dept. website. It's crazy though, John Richmond's home is NOT listed. Wonder why?
Heather Richmond September 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I know this is two years later but still. My uncle was proven INNOCENT! That's right, he did NOTHING wrong just like Darlene and so many other tired to tell you. You know why he got in trouble in the first place? He had a 'friend' who was involved in these things and since he knew him he also got pinned for this crime. Everyone of you who were bashing and slandering MY family should be ashamed. Just because you hear something doesn't make it true. So what it was in a paper or article. If I write a new report saying Bananas grow on Mars, does that make it true? No, also how dare you say my cousins are growing up in a dangerous home! They have the ideal home, a mom and a dad who are still married and in love with two children they love more the anything. I bet you don't have the perfect American family. They do and you all tried to ruin it. Richmond is a good, strong name and trust me all your negativity and hatred made it stronger.


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