Mobile methamphetamine lab discovered

Posted: 26th December 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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SAINT CLAIR _ Shoppers going to the Walmart store Sunday morning were met by an unusual site, state police emergency clandestine lab drug team processing a vehicle that had a mobile methamphetamine lab inside.

Saint Clair Police discovered the lab while investigating a hit and run crash on the parking lot around 5 a.m.

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As a result, Saint Clair Police Chief Michael Carey said Felix Ferrer Jr., 39, of 1039 Penn St., Apt. 3R, Reading was taken into custody sleeping inside the Ford Windstar van that was struck by the hit and run driver.

Carey said Ferrer was committed to Schuylkill County Prison on a detainer for multiple bench warrants from Berks County on drug related charges.

He will now face felony drug charges by Saint Clair Police as well as the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force.

Carey said the lab was discovered by Patrolman Chad Seitzinger who was investigating a crash where another driver struck the van that Ferrer was sleeping in.

A look inside the van found an active or operational methamphetamine lab.

“We had the evidence, you could see the items and smell the product,” Carey said.

After being read his Miranda Rights, the chief said Ferrer admitted to having the lab and making the illegal drugs.

Knowing some of the drugs were already mixed and posed a danger, Carey said it was decided to call the state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team based in Bethlehem.

“The items were in plain view and from our training we knew they can be hazardous,” Carey said.

An area outside of the Food Court entrance to the store was marked off with yellow police tape as state police troopers and technicians removed the hazardous materials from inside the van.

Around 8:30 a.m. the CLRT arrived, donned hazardous material suits and began to remove the hazardous chemicals.

At the Walmart store it was business as usual with customers just being kept a safe distance from the van as they walked to and from their vehicles.

Carey said charges against Ferrer stemming from Sunday’s meth lab discovery will be filed with Magisterial District Judge David Plachko in Port Carbon.

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