Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane & District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis announce Luzerne County methamphetamine lab raid
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis today announced the seizure of a methamphetamine lab in Dallas, Luzerne County.
Attorney General Kane identified the defendants as:
"The large amount of hazardous waste found inside this residence was harmful not only to the defendants but also to their neighbors and law enforcement, who had to clean it up and dismantle the lab," said Attorney General Kane. "It is reason enough, considering the dangerous conditions and the resources devoted to seizing this lab, for these individuals be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Attorney General Kane said that on Thursday, Nov. 7, agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation executed a search warrant at 89 Parrish St., Dallas.
As law enforcement entered the property, they discovered an active meth lab and seized 50 pounds of red phosphorous, commonly found in matches, flares and fireworks, with an estimated street value of $120,000. The Office of Attorney General's Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Program (CLEP) lab team, with the assistance of Pennsylvania State Police chemists, dismantled the lab and collected the evidence.
Each of the defendants is charged with three counts possession of pre-cursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, one count of manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, one count of causing or risking catastrophe, one count of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession of methamphetamine.
They were preliminarily arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge Richard J. Cronhauer and booked at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Bail is set at $150,000 for each and their preliminary hearings will be on Nov. 21.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police forensic scientists, the Dallas Police Department, the Kingston Borough Police Department and the Back Mountain Regional Fire Department for their assistance with the investigation.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)