March 20, 2014
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announces arrest of two following seizure of suspected meth lab in Columbia County
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two individuals following a joint investigation with local law enforcement and a search of a suspected methamphetamine lab in Berwick, Columbia County.
Narcotics agents, who served a search warrant at 1 Lark Drive, Berwick, discovered methamphetamine along with the components and equipment needed to manufacture meth using the "one-pot" method. Agents explained that 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, narcotics agents and Berwick police encountered an entire clandestine lab, including: Pseudoephedrine, rossignol fuel, lithium, used one-pot vessels, ammonium and nitrate.
Ronald Robbins Jr., 29, and Nicole Morgret, 26, both of 1 Lark Drive, 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 Berwick Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police Chemists and lab team for their assistance with the investigation.
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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