August 30, 2006
Attorney General Corbett & D.A. Cowley announce Tioga County meth lab raid
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett and Tioga County District Attorney John Cowley today announced the early morning seizure of a methamphetamine lab in Millerton, Tioga County.
Corbett said that at approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), along with Pennsylvania State Police and officers from the Attorney General's and East Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant on a home located at 2084 Jackson Center Road, Jackson Township, Tioga County.
Corbett said that as law enforcement entered the property they discovered an active meth lab in an attached garage of the home. Agents are in the process of seizing approximately one ounce of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $3,000 and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Corbett said criminal charges were filed against Steven Kelly Myers, 41, along with his wife, Eileen Austin Myers, 45, both of 2084 Jackson Center Road, Jackson Township, Millerton. In addition criminal charges were also filed against Sharon Terry, 45, of 308 North Monroe Street, Watkins Glenn, New York, Richard Franklin, 30, of 1146 Smith Road, Cayuta, New York and Ashley E. Adams, 1982, 2084 Jackson Center Road, Jackson Township, Millerton.
Corbett said Steven and Eileen Myers were both charged with two counts each of delivery of methamphetamine and criminal conspiracy. Sharon Terry was charged with one count of possession of paraphernalia, Franklin was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and Adams was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine.
All five defendants are in the process of being arraigned in front of Tioga County Judge Robert Dalton.
Corbett said this morning's search of the Myers home was based on information developed during an ongoing drug investigation in Tioga County.
Corbett said that in early August 2006, agents received information about a working meth lab allegedly located at the Myers home. On August 9th agents made a controlled purchase of one-half gram of methamphetamine from Eileen Myers, followed by the purchase of one gram of meth on August 16th. Both purchases occurred inside the Myers home.
"This is a perfect example of law enforcement working cooperatively to target illegal meth production, "Corbett said. "Together, agents from the Attorney General's office, state troopers and local police were able to quickly identify this illegal lab and put it out of action."
Corbett said the investigation into methamphetamine production and sales in Tioga County is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.
Corbett thanked agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, Clandestine Lab Team, Special Operations Team, Drug Task Force and Environmental Crimes Section, along with Pennsylvania State Police, the Tioga County Sheriff's office, Tioga County District Attorneys office and officers from Wellsboro, Mansfield, Elkland, Gaines Township and Lawrence Township for their assistance and cooperation with this investigation.
In addition Corbett also thanked the following agencies for their assistance and cooperation; paramedics from the Solders Sailors Memorial Hospital, members of the Wellsboro Fire Department Hazmat Team, members of the Lawrenceville and Millerton volunteer fire departments and the Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Investigations.
Corbett noted that all of the defendants will be prosecuted in Tioga County by District Attorney John Cowley's office.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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