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A South Whitehall Township man has been arrested for running a methamphetamine laboratory out of his home, according to authorities.

Steven Brad Kresge, 39, was arrested Thursday at his home on the 4700 block of Fair Drive, where police say they also seized an assault rifle with a loaded magazine.


Police executed a search warrant at 11:18 p.m. at Kresge’s home as a result of an investigation into the sale, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine, according to the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office.


At the home, which is close to other occupied residences, they found an active meth lab, as well as various chemicals that could cause an explosion, fire or release of poisonous gas, authorities said.

Kresge has been charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, as well as felonies of causing or risking a catastrophe and having liquefied ammonia gas and other chemicals.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to authorities.

All chemicals and byproducts were secured and taken into custody by the Clandestine Lab Team, according to the district attorney’s office.

Kresge also faced additional charges from an unrelated case stemming from the Aug. 16 purchase of methamphetamine by undercover police officers, authorities said.

The officers purchased 5.8 grams of methamphetamine from Kresge and another man for $1,150 in the 2600 block of MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township, police said.

In that case, he was charged with felonies of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and criminal conspiracy, as well as a misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance, authorities said.



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