Friday, May 2, 2014

Two Luzerne County residents arrested following seizure of suspected meth lab

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two individuals following a joint investigation with the Berwick Police Department and the Salem Township Police Department and a search of a suspected methamphetamine lab in East Berwick, Luzerne County.

Agents with the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) served a search warrant at 719 E. 2nd St., Berwick, and discovered methamphetamine along with the components and equipment needed to manufacture meth using the "one-pot" method. 

 
Jessica Brudnak

 
Brent Harvey

When using the "one-pot" method methamphetamine cooks combine a series of ingredients into one container and the chemical reaction that ensues leaves a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject.

According to the criminal complaint, agents and local law enforcement encountered an entire clandestine lab, including: pseudoephedrine, Coleman fuel, lithium, used one-pot vessels, ammonium and nitrate.

Jessica Brudnak, 30, and Brent Harvey, 31, both of 719 E. 2nd St., Berwick, each are charged with one count of possession with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, one count of manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of pre-cursor chemicals, one count of risking a catastrophe, one count of conspiracy and one count of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste. 

Attorney General Kane thanked the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, the Berwick Police Department, the Salem Township Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police chemists and lab team for their assistance with the investigation.

Both defendants were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Donald Whittaker and held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 cash bail each. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14, 2014.

The case will be prosecuted by the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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