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A Hellertown couple who allegedly operated a methamphetamine lab in the Main Street apartment they shared with their 10-year-old son face possible trial in county court.

James Hero, 38, and Colleen Yob, 40, both of the 500 block of Main Street, face charges of drug possession and manufacturing along with others, such as risking a catastrophe and endangering the welfare of a child. They waived their hearing today before District Judge Roy Manwaring, binding all charges to court.

Yob and Hero’s attorneys argued for bail reduction, and on the recommendation of Northampton County Pre-Trial Services, Manwaring agreed. The pair were held on $200,000 straight bail, but Manwaring allowed 10 percent to be posted for each of them.

Neither had posted bail as of this afternoon.

Yob told Manwaring that she hoped to post bail and live with her in-laws, Hero’s parents, who are now caring for her and Hero’s 10-year-old son.

Manwaring noted that Yob has no prior record, but that Hero has burglary and drug possession convictions on his record.

Police raided Yob and Hero’s apartment Aug. 23 and found drug-making materials as well as cash and psilocybin mushrooms. In all, police seized 77 items from the home.

Most of the items seized were gallon-sized containers filled with a brown liquid. There was also cold medicine, iodine, red phosphorous, drain cleaner and matchbook strikers

At a related hearing, Thomas Stahler waived his preliminary hearing on drug charges.

Stahler, 39, of the 200 block of Main Street, had some methamphetamine and marijuana in his home when police raided it in August — on the same day as the raid of Hero and Yob’s home, according to court papers. Stahler told Manwaring he was on probation in Lehigh County and had 14 months left on his probation.

Stahler remains in Northampton County Prison.

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