Man Accused Of Making Meth In Walmart

James Richardson is suspected of stealing the ingredients to make methamphetamine and then using them in the store

MENTOR, OH -- A man is accused of not just stealing the ingredients to make methamphetamine from a in Mentor, but also trying to make the meth in the store.

A security guard spotted James Richardson, 37, of Perry, walking around the store about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

He put drain cleaner, camp fuel and Lime Out stain remover in his shopping cart, all of which are used in the production of meth, Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien said.

Then Richardson grabbed a salt shaker and poured some of each of the products he had taken into it. Then he began shaking it, Zbiegien said.

Authorities call this the shake-and-bake or one-pot method, which involves combining the ingredients in a single sealed container and shaking it to increase the pressure.

Richardson shook the shaker for awhile and then left it on a store shelf, Zbiegien said.

Then he began to walk toward the exit with his chemicals; but, by this point, police had been called and officers stopped him.

When police and Lake County Narcotics agents looked into the shaker, it still had the meth in it, Zbiegien said.

Mentor firefighters cordoned portions of the store because Richardson had spilled some of his chemicals while making the meth, Zbiegien said.

Richardson initially told police that he needed the products for use at home. Zbiegien added that Richardson was also jittery while talking to officers.

Richardson has gotten in trouble for both drugs and specifically meth before.

He has five previous convictions for felony drug possession and one more for manufacturing meth, Zbiegien said.

Police charged Richardson with two counts of illegal assembly of manufacturing meth and a count of theft.

He was arraigned Monday morning in . Judge John Trebets set his bond at $75,000, which was not posted.

Richardson's next court hearing is set for June 25.

Not me June 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
@Jason...Lol. I have to admit you make a good point. This line though, kinda cracked me up... "Good, now I know how to make meth." Glad to see you have a sense of humor.
Kyle June 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
You don't need to use profanity to get a point across. When you express your opinion by using swear words then your point ends up looking childish, immature, and uneducated. Much is the same as when in an arguement with someone....screaming and yelling is counterproductive. I get it, we are all (at least should be) adults here. But that doesn't mean anything. Adults can, and should, have adult debates without swearing.
Not me June 20, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Good for you WB. Nice job getting clean. You should be very proud of yourself. Always remember that is probably the hardest thing you will ever face in your life. Now, the sky is the limit, you can do almost anything. Again, good job, Salute'
Was broken June 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Thanks Not Me it really means alot to here that. Evan tho I know the sky is the limit sometimes it get hard to keep taking the meds they make me so tired but Not as tired as I was of slowly killin myself, So thanks again. Take care of yourself.
Boca June 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Whatever happened to free will and morality? Parents being parents and teaching their kids how to be contributing members of society? I, not being a meth user, would have wondered what ingredients he would have needed from Walmart to make the stuff. It is not a recipe. The items were provided to help the reader understand the story. Just because they were listed does not make me want to go to Wally world and get an afternoon high. I was taught by my parents how to function in this world in a positive way. What the problem now is, too many parents want the school systems to raise their kids without providing character education at home.


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