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Homeowner calls police after finding possible meth lab; One man arrested

Lab bust part of ongoing narcotics investigation

By Marc Stempka

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- One man is facing charges as police continued their investigation into a possible methamphetamine lab discovered in a Centre County home.

Court paperwork filed Wednesday morning said law enforcement officials arrested David Brady, 31, of State College, for allegedly operating a suspected meth lab in a Ferguson Township home.

Agents with the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and other law enforcement agencies were at the home at 103 Cherry Ridge Road in the Park Forest section of the township Tuesday evening working to remove evidence.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the suspected lab is part of an ongoing cooperative investigation in Centre and surrounding counties that works to identify individuals who purchase large quantities of meth-related ingredients, especially cold medications containing pseudoephedrine.

In the criminal complaint filed against Brady, police said a tip led them to initiate the investigation at the home.

Police said the homeowner, Hartley Kinsey, called police Monday after discovering possible drug-making materials in and around his home and noticed a strong chemical smell.

Police said when they arrived at the home, lithium batteries were found cut open and laying in the front yard, drain cleaner and other unknown substances were found in the homes garage, and cold medications were found in the kitchen. A search warrant on the property was executed Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Brady said he admitted to trying to cook meth Monday night, but he said he didnt know how to make the drug and the mixture caught fire.

Police said Brady said he threw the mixture into the yard and put the fire out. Brady also dumped leftover chemical mixture along a wood line along Valley Vista Drive.

State College residents who notice anything unusual along the road were encouraged to immediately notify law enforcement. The Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation in State College can be reached at 1-800-255-9564 and the Ferguson Township Police Department can be notified by calling 814-237-1172.

Police said Brady told them he was forced to make the drug because a man named Keith threatened to harm Bradys wife and child if the drug wasnt made.

Kinsey told 6 News Tuesday night he allowed Brady, who was a friend of his son, to stay at the home because Brady needed a place to stay.

Besides being extremely dangerous and putting everyone in my house at risk, that makes me furious beyond belief, Kinsey said. The fact that you extend hospitality and have that hospitality returned by doing something crazy, its flat out dangerous.

Brady was arraigned by an on-call magistrate Monday night and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. He is facing charges of possession of liquefied ammonia gas; precursors and chemicals, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.

A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 21.

Kane thanked the Ferguson Township Police Department, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, the State College Police Department and the Department of Environmental Protection for their assistance with the investigation.

Stay with 6 News and www.wjactv.com for more on this developing story.


 
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