Clinton man convicted of making methamphetamine

Posted: 19th December 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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A jury has convicted a Clinton man of making methamphetamine at his home and elsewhere along Cherry Valley Road near the Butler-Allegheny county line.

Justin T. Stackhouse, 32, was convicted of making and selling the drug in a disabled-equipped van sitting on cement blocks at 313 Cherry Valley Road and storing it and meth components at the two-story house where he was staying at 132 Cherry Valley Road.

The house and van are in a rural area off Saxonburg Boulevard.

Police said no one else at 313 Cherry Valley Road was involved in making the drug.

Stackhouse was convicted of operating a meth lab, having liquified ammonia with the intent to make an illegal drug, making the drug with the intent to sell it and drug possession.

He was found not guilty of endangering the welfare of a child, according to a prosecutor and Stackhouse’s court-appointed attorney.

Stackhouse was arrested May 10.

His girlfriend, Robyn Lynn Tuttle, 26, of the same address, was later charged with meth possession.

State police allege that the illegal drug had been made by Stackhouse since last year. When police raided the house and another location down the road they found some completed meth residue and almost two pounds of liquid meth, which used to make the final product.

Tuttle has pleaded guilty, Assistant District Attorney Patricia McLean said.

“This is the first meth lab prosecution in the county in many years,” McLean said.

Court-appointed defense attorney Armand Cingolani III said it appears Stackhouse was selling the drug on a very limited basis.

Cingolani claimed that Stackhouse made the drug for himself and a few others.

“There wasn’t a large organization,” he said.

State police made the arrests. A specially trained state police lab team removed items that are environmentally dangerous and can cause a fire or explosion.

For every pound of methamphetamine made, six pounds of toxic waste is produced, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

It doesn’t require a lot of knowledge or education to make meth. The process uses common items, among them iodine, certain over-the-counter cold pills, brake cleaner, ammonia, drain cleaner, acids and other toxic and potentially explosive substances, according to the DEA.

Records show Stackhouse, previously of Spring Hill, Hernando County, Fla., served three years for selling meth in a school yard in Florida in 2006.

When he was released from prison in 2009, he told officials he would live in Saxonburg. But he is named in a 2010 Hernando County arrest warrant for failing to appear at court.

Because Stackhouse has prior convictions, he will get at least eight years, instead of receiving a five-year minimum for having a large amount of meth, Cingolani said.

He said Stackhouse has requested drug treatment and he hasn’t had meth since his arrest six months ago.

Stackhouse’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 26; Tuttle also is to be sentenced next month.


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