Comments Off on 911 call leads police to suspected Methamphetamine lab in Nanticoke; Cheryl Lee Kemper, 31, arrested

NANTICOKE — Police say a woman calling 911 to report she’d overdosed on drugs Saturday led officers to a suspected meth lab in her Apollo Circle apartment.

Cheryl Lee Kemper, 31, of Nanticoke, told Luzerne County 911 Saturday afternoon she had taken too much “meth,” had a chemical burn on her arm, could see a blood clot moving in her arm and her 13-year-old son was experiencing shortness of breath, according to a criminal complaint.

Responding officers immediately noticed an odor of chemicals upon entering the residence, police say, and so removed both Kemper and her son from the apartment.

Police say the odor, which could be smelled from a “considerable distance,” was characteristic of the process of manufacturing methamphetamine, causing irritation of the eyes, skin and throat. In Kemper’s bedroom, the complaint says, police located two funnels with white residue, a measuring cup with residue, hypodermic needle caps, filter material and a 2-liter bottle containing white solids and other moist materials.

A state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team removed these materials from the apartment along with Coleman fuel, pseudoephedrine and other bi-products and precursor materials for methamphetamine, police say.

When questioned, Kemper allegedly told police she allowed her friend to cook meth in her apartment and also purchased some of the necessary materials in exchange for quantities of the finished product.

Kemper and her son were both transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Luzerne County Children and Youth Services were contacted and responded to the hospital.

According to the complaint, Kemper said at least three other people and her two children were present during the manufacturing process.

The complaint says Kemper was charged with possession of precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, manufacture of methamphetamine in a structure with a child under 18 present, five counts of conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a single count of possession with intent to deliver and one count of endangering the welfare of children.

Court records indicate she was scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 p.m. before District Judge James M. Dixon, and was held at Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.








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