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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.

sherisouthern June 20, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Hi all, I'm on my wife's site. You can call me Looneylarrysr. I am an x addict. was on meth for 12 years. I watched a friend hang himself, in the cell across from me. There was nothing I could do. I swore that I would never touch another drug. I have been clean for 34 years. I miss my friend, I miss many friends. I never sold drugs, and today it makes me sick, when I see someone sell to a child.THE K- Mart Kid does need help, but he needs to pay his debt to society. this is just my opinion. TC all
Pam June 20, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Doesn't matter. You gave enough information to plant the seed that this is easy to do with common ingredients. Some idiot would-be criminal who never gave it serious thought will now do so.
Pam June 20, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Don't overestimate your own firepower. Everyone has heard of google. But not everyone would realize how easy this is to do UNTIL the ingredient list appears before them.
PAULA June 20, 2012 at 03:17 AM
WHY ARE WE SO QUICK TO BLAME THE PRES.?HE DOESNT EVEN SHOP WALMART..LOL...BUT SERIOUSLY THE WORLD IS KILLING ITSELF..NOT POLITICIANS.WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE.STOP THROWING BLAME.THAT IS WHAT THE POLITICIANS DO..WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT..OBAMA DID NOT CAUSE ALL THE PROBLEMS..HE DID INHERIT ALOT..AND I DIDNT VOTE FOR HIM.JUST SAYIN..
IVANIVONVICH June 20, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Rarely do meth heads ever come clean & stay that way. Even if he does hard time in prison (where he can get this drug as well), when he comes out he will go back to the same thing again.
Russell Prince June 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
most of you act like the meth is so HORRIBLE. It is but I have an alcoholic friend who goes to wal mart in back of store and buys enough alcohol to kill himself about twice a month. He legally buys it and then goes and drives all over Dallas, wasted......why so amazed.Im sure a large majority of you posting are drinkers. alcohol, drugs. whatever.its all the same and that means you might be like meth guy in some way.
IVANIVONVICH June 20, 2012 at 04:08 AM
They didn't tell the how to, just some of the common ingredients found in the making of some types. If you just mix those products together, you will be playing with a chemical fire, and not making anything you would want to put in your mouth or body. An intelligent chemist would be able to discern what ingredients are missing, and more to the point the precise mixture. get any of this wrong and you kill yourself...Or maybe this is their intent...
IVANIVONVICH June 20, 2012 at 04:13 AM
The use of profanity is cause to edit out a comment, you agreed to this when you signed up to be able to make & post comments here. Live by it or go elsewhere with your profanity.
IVANIVONVICH June 20, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Better yet, lock him and everyone who wants to do these drugs up in a facility, where they can do all of this trash all day long. But keep them there until they can come clean. Odds are none will ever check out of such a facility, due to their uncontrollable desire for their drugs...But at least the crime rate will go down, and no one will be "cooking Meth" in Walmart again.
IVANIVONVICH June 20, 2012 at 04:24 AM
For Linda, These persons try these drugs, mostly on a whim, then decide that the drugs make them feel real good. They like the "high" so much, that they will sell anything they have for their next fix. Nothing matters anymore, just their next fix. It's a chemical addition, one that few can ever overcome. Many who try, end up committing suicide to end their cravings. And this goes for Heroin, Cocaine and others, as well as alcohol. You never get the "monkey" off of your back.
IVANIVONVICH June 20, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Put him in a prison, he'll get the drugs in there too. He has to commit crimes to get his fix, so he is a criminal. What part of the equation don't you understand ? I have had many friends who were addicted to drugs, and they all ended up doing themselves and all of their friends a favor, when they committed suicide. Some left notes saying they were sorry for all of the trouble they had caused. Others just said good-bye. Rehab only works for the ones who really want to quit, and many of those fail as well. One has to really understand the physical and psychological draw or addiction these drugs cause a person. The majority never can escape from these drugs, except in death.
IVANIVONVICH June 20, 2012 at 04:44 AM
As I've said before, give these fools a place to live, a narrow prison type cell, where they can do all the drugs they want all day & night with out cost to them. But keep them locked up in there until they can come clean themselves, should they want to (and they never will). This would get them off of the streets, shut down most if not all of the street crimes, make the neighborhoods safer, and reduce the need for so many police. The only price would be for those who have to give out the drugs and what little food these persons would need (and of course the drugs). Only problem I can see is that the conservatives won't want to pay for this, and the liberals will cry that it is an unconstitutional form of imprisonment.
Not me June 20, 2012 at 09:33 AM
Ivan, I have used no profanity. I was pointing to the irony...
herc June 20, 2012 at 09:53 AM
hammerhead....I don't see corps, gov't, nor religious leaders peddling dope! Just idiots! we live in the greatest country EVER! You don't like it go elsewhere and take speedy with you! Good riddance! Peoples poor personal dumb a** decisions they make are just that...poor PERSONAL and DUMB! Not the parents either! I know great parents that were their every step of the way for their kids and they turned out to be monsters! I know parents that were crackheads and abandoned their kids. And the kids in spite of their parents horrible situation graduated high school state of NY high honors. Graduated college bachelors degree in criminal law. And now is serving our country in the armed forces. Republican Presidents pardon criminals by the way...NOT the Awesome Obama Administration. Thank you very much! Another thing...how the heck they let this "white" criminal free???? How many times??? This is straight crazy!!! Come on America, if you can see how blatantly racist this legal system is you are freakin' nuts! To be set free so many times you are comfortable making meth in walmart? The article says one thing but I bet you he'll be out before you know it! Within 3-5 months! Disgusting!
Not me June 20, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Or worse Pam, some foolish kid. "Hey they told us how to do it right here on AOL, can't be that dangerous."
herc June 20, 2012 at 09:58 AM
hammerhead....I don't see corps, gov't, nor religious leaders peddling dope! Just idiots! we live in the greatest country EVER! You don't like it go elsewhere and take speedy with you! Good riddance! Peoples poor personal dumb a** decisions they make are just that...poor PERSONAL and DUMB! Not the parents either! I know great parents that were their every step of the way for their kids and they turned out to be monsters! I know parents that were crackheads and abandoned their kids. And the kids in spite of their parents horrible situation graduated high school state of NY high honors. Graduated college bachelors degree in criminal law. And now is serving our country in the armed forces. Republican Presidents pardon criminals by the way...NOT the Awesome Obama Administration. Thank you very much! Another thing...how the heck they let this "white" criminal free???? How many times??? This is straight crazy!!! Come on America, if you can see how blatantly racist this legal system is you are freakin' nuts! To be set free so many times you are comfortable making meth in walmart? The article says one thing but I bet you he'll be out before you know it! Within 3-5 months! Disgusting!
Not me June 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM
I can not wrap my head around a website that is concerned about people using curse words (not that I have a need or desire to do so) but has no problem listing a - how to meth recipe- (however complete of incomplete). I mean really, what is the problem with swearing (again not something I am interested in) but what, are they afraid kids might see it? Really? The priorities here are so out of whack it is like an alternative reality! Is this the launch of forcing people to consider drug use as main stream acceptable? Sorry, I have seen way too many Grannies who have had all their personal belongings "disappear" or worse, when her grandson the "very nice boy" comes to visit, to allow myself to be party to this warped thinking. Drug addicts (especially harder drugs) will rob you blind, even if they love you. This does not even begin to address what they do to their own children. Contrary to the pop-culture claims, drug use is NOT a victimless crime!
Not me June 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Russell, alcohol is a problem, and if your friend is driving around wasted as you claim, he is breaking the law. But to compare a person drinking distilled fermented sugar water (basically) and other edible ingredients to a person who is smoking (or whatever method used) industrial chemicals or psychoactive compounds (hallucinogenic) is ludicrous at best. Just for the record, most people who have a drink now and then are nothing like this guy. Don't kid yourself!
Jason Lea (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM
OK, Pam, you do raise an interesting point. Will an article like this enable copycat criminals? I acknowledge that it's possible. However, the drug addicts who want to make and use meth, by and large, already know everything in this story and more. The one-pot method is not a clandestine secret. It's already a fairly common practice among those who make and use this drug. (However, I think it's an erroneous and sensationalistic argument to suggest a child would imitate this man. I do not believe a child will read the story -- which is about a man whose life has ostensibly been destroyed by drugs -- and think, "Good, now I know how to make meth." And if a child does think that, then they have been failed by more people than me.)
Jay Davis June 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
People under the influence of alcohol run red lights and stop signs. People on drugs stop and look at them. I'm heading to Walmart any want want a ride.
Jay Davis June 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The Ministry of Justice states it cost the tax payers around 60 thousand a year to keep in someone in prison. With access to cable, educational opportunities, exercise equipment and 3 meals a day. Most of these folks live better in prison than they ever would outside. The system is really a joke and if 60 thousand per person was spent on rehabilitation i wonder if the success rate would improve.
Dbone June 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Soon, there will be another ingredient added to this drug, which will kill the person taking it. They did it to PCP in the 80's to combat it and they will do it for this drug soon.
Was broken June 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Well I just want to say alittle something about the things people have been saying. I myself WAS and I will say WAS again a crack addicted person. I was raped many times by a person in my extended family. I never told anyone until I was about 40. You guys will never understand what and how things like that will make you feel. You just want to forget and the drug will make you forget for a little while. I was so tired of useing. I finally told a theripest (sorry for the spelling I have never been a good speller) and she got me on the RIGHT drug, butt I was still addicted to crack. I prayed and prayed to GOD to please help me recover. When God decided that I couldnt do it myself he helped me. I was a (CRACK HEAD) for 9 long years. I have been clean for just about 4 years and I thank God that I was helped. I often think back and wander wow that could have been me. So what Im tryiing to say is that just because someone is addicted some kind of drug dosnt mean that he/she is a bad po the woman that was hurt by the dealer please try and forgive and your life will get much better for you. I used to have that much anger towards the person that did me wrong for years. No I didnt come out of the situation the same person but if you set back and think about it I bet you are alot stronger person than you were and Im sorry you were hurt. I have to believe that im a stronger person than I was. So with that I hope and pray that you will get the help you need.
T-man June 20, 2012 at 04:06 PM
ALL THE METH HEADS LEARNED TO MAKE METH FROM THE LOCAL POLICE DEPT? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?
Ohyay! June 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Amen! Jimmy was a good guy in school.He was a very kind person.Made me laugh often.I have good memories of him. Unfortunetly,his addiction has taken over.I feel for him and his family.People are so quick to judge....he is a human being..he just needs help! He didn't "choose" to be damned by addiction..no one does. Prayers for him and his family.
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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