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WILKES-BARRE – State and city police and agents from the state Attorney General’s Office raided a methamphetamine lab in a home at 72 Beekman St., near Luzerne County Head Start preschool Friday morning.

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 The Citizens’ Voice An agent in protective gear searches the trash for ingredients used in the production of methamphetamine.


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 The Citizens’ Voice Neighbors’ complaints about traffic in and out of the home at 72 Beekman St. in Wilkes-Barre prompted the investigation, authorities said.

Paul Grodis, 41, and his girlfriend, Sarah Noble, 28, were arrested and face charges related to manufacturing and delivering methamphetamines, said John Soprano, regional director of the state Attorney General’s Office.

Agents had been investigating the home for the past three weeks, he said.

“Neighbors were complaining about a lot of traffic here,” Soprano said. “We made some methamphetamine purchases out of the house. While our people were in there, they saw glassware and they saw them actually finalizing some of the methamphetamines.”

Chemists in protective gear removed ingredients used to produce meth from the home and took it to a state police lab. They also removed bags from an abandoned condemned home at 70 Beekman St.

“These people were throwing their garbage here like empty cartons of Sudafed, empty fuel canisters and liquid heat,” Soprano said.

A special operations SWAT team along with state police chemists and forensic scientists arrived at the house just after 6 a.m. Friday.

“There were extra resources. This was made a priority because of Head Start being here,” Soprano said. “We came at 6:10 a.m. because we wanted to make sure there were no kids going into school. Any time there is a methamphetamine lab where they are manufacturing, it is definitely dangerous. Naturally, it was more of a concern because there was a preschool here. We did this as fast as we could.”

About 200 preschoolers go to Luzerne County Head Start during the day, said executive director Lynn Evans-Biga, who was unaware there was a meth lab operating in the Beekman Street home.

She said she was concerned about drug activity so close to the Head Start center, but was glad authorities took action. Kistler Elementary School and Meyers High School are also located nearby.

“There are school children all over the place,” Evans-Biga said.

Authorities leveled eight charges each against Grodis and Noble: manufacture of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, risking a catastrophe, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and criminal conspiracy.

Grodis was lodged in Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 straight bail and Noble was lodged in lieu of $50,000 straight bail. The pair will have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. June 7 before Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer.

According to court papers, Grodis and Noble have a history of drug charges and other offenses. In 2000, Grodis was convicted of statutory sexual assault and three counts of corruption of minors, according to court records.

The raid marked the second time in 10 days that authorities raided a meth lab in Wilkes-Barre. On May 22, agents with the state Attorney General’s Office raided another meth lab near Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

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