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Families that make meth together go to jail together.

Investigators charged a father and son Wednesday with operating the methamphetamine lab raided a day earlier at 80 Church St. in South Wilkes-Barre.

Arrest papers describe Jeffrey Deyo Sr., 41, as the meth “cook,” a man on court-ordered house arrest who spent most days manufacturing meth in the home’s basement.

His son, Jeffrey Deyo Jr., 18, assisted in the cooking process, but his main job was to buy the meth-making supplies, arrest papers say.

The Deyos were arraigned Wednesday morning in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on a host of charges, which include making and possessing methamphetamine, risking a catastrophe and conspiracy. They were jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $150,000 cash.

Arrest papers filed by the state Attorney General’s Office say both men admitted their roles in the operation after authorities stormed the home Tuesday following a months-long investigation.

Investigators said they found items commonly used to cook meth and a cooking plate that was still “reacting” from chemicals. Police said the duo was known to cook multiple times a day and had cooked meth within an hour of the raid.

The elder Deyo told police he has been manufacturing meth for about a year, including for about a month at 80 Church St., to support his addiction. Because he is being monitored electronically on house arrest, he used his son and others to buy meth-making ingredients including pseudoephedrine, a drug commonly found in cold medicine, he told police. He’d provide meth to those who supplied ingredients, police said.

Court documents say the elder Deyo was sentenced in February to 12-months house arrest with electronic monitoring following his third drunken driving conviction.

Both men said they would discard the volatile remnants of the cooking process in the trash for weekly pickup, leading to an additional charge of illegally dumping methamphetamine waste.

Preliminary hearings from the men are slated for May 31 at 10 a.m. in Wilkes-Barre Central Court.


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