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

December 11, 2013

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announces arrest of three following seizure of suspected meth lab in Luzerne County

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that three individuals have been arrested by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) following a joint investigation with local law enforcement and a search of a suspected methamphetamine lab in Plymouth, Luzerne County.

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Robert Jones

 
Amanda Musto

 
Cheryl Cupp

Narcotics agents, who served a search warrant in an apartment complex located at 104 West Main St., Apt. 304, Plymouth, discovered methamphetamine along with all the components and equipment needed to manufacture meth using the red phosphorous method. The following defendants were arrested following the search: Robert Jones, Amanda Musto and Cheryl Cupp, all of Luzerne County.

Agents explained that the red phosphorus method is commonly used to manufacture meth by using pure pseudoephedrine and mixing it with red phosphorus and hydriodic acid. The red phosphorus is then filtered and later reused.  Additional chemicals are added and the process can result in the manufacturing of hundreds of thousands of methamphetamine doses.

According to agents, residents of the West Main Street apartment were evacuated and taken to the Plymouth Fire Department for their immediate safety. Agents noted that the apartment building is located across the street from a local high school.

Kane thanked Luzerne County District Attorney District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Plymouth Police Department, the Kingston Police Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Luzerne County Emergency Management, the Red Cross, the Plymouth Fire Department & EMS and the Pennsylvania State Police Chemists and lab team for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Luzerne County by Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis's office.

Below is a complete list of defendants and the charges against them.

--Robert Jones, 28, 104 West Main St., Apt. 304, Plymouth, is charged with three counts of possession of pre-cursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, one count of manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of risking a catastrophe, one count of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in a structure where a child under age 18 is present.

--Amanda Musto, 19, 74 Agostine Drive, Nanticoke, is charged with three counts of possession of pre-cursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, one count of manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of risking a catastrophe, one count of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in a structure where a child under age 18 is present.

--Cheryl Cupp, 44, 104 West Main St., Apt. 304, Plymouth, is charged with three counts of possession of pre-cursor chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

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

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