Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

August 15, 2013

Berwick police officers aided by Attorney General agents discover apparent meth lab in Berwick

 8-15-13 Stanley Lunger
Stanley Lunger

 8-15-13 Brian McLellen
Brian McLellan

(Harrisburg)  Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane says police officers with the Berwick Police Department serving an arrest warrant yesterday at 137 Summerhill Avenue in Berwick, Pennsylvania, discovered an apparent meth lab. Those officers called the Office of Attorney General, which sent agents to the scene to help with the investigation.

OAG agents and police officers got a warrant and searched the home on Wednesday afternoon.  They recovered three "one pots" of methamphetamine, three gas generators and other items used to make meth. "One pots" are a rudimentary system of cooking methamphetamine, which uses a plastic water bottle to mix all precursor ingredients.

"Materials used to make meth are highly toxic and potentially dangerous," Kane said. "They should only be handled by trained personnel. Police in Pennsylvania who uncover apparent meth-making operations, and who would like help with their investigation, are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Office."

Kane says Stanley Lunger, 37, and Brian McLellan, 44, both of 137 Summerhill Ave., have been arrested. They face the following charges in connection with the case:

  • Four counts of possession of precursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine One count of manufacturing of methamphetamine,
  • Two counts of possession of methamphetamine,
  • One count of manufacturing methamphetamine,
  • One count of risking a catastrophe, and
  • One count of criminal conspiracy.

Both men were arraigned Wednesday evening before Columbia County Magisterial District Judge Craig Long. They are being held on $75,000 bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Aug. 23, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

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

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

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