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The 46-year-old woman accused of operating a methamphetamine lab on Main Street in Bethlehem admitted to police that she was making the drug in a building that also housed an infant child.


Kimberly Geertsema was arraigned this afternoon before District Judge Roy Manwaring on charges related to authorities’ discovery of a meth lab at her first-floor apartment home at 921 Main St. Manwaring set Geertsema’s bail at 10 percent of $100,000, records show.

Bethlehem police Lt. William Deseldo said city and state police served a search warrant at 6:55 a.m. Friday morning at the apartment, which is a block away from William Penn Elementary School and across the street from the Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers Fowler Center. Desedlo said the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team decontaminated the apartment and said the public was no longer at risk.

Deseldo said a tip weeks ago prompted authorities to launch an investigation into a possible meth operation at the address.

“A meth lab could be anywhere. You would never know,” Doseldo said. “They are very, very dangerous. We acted on this promptly.”

The building in which Geertsema is accused of making meth, which property records say is owned by Robert and Elisa Lee, housed two apartments. Geertsema leased one, court papers say, and a woman with her infant child were housed in another.

Court papers say John Dougherty, 44, was found in the rear of the home. Dougherty was picked up on an outstanding bench warrant, records say, but was also in possession of gloves, a mask and items used to produce meth.

When Geertsema spoke to police, court papers say she admitted to manufacturing the drug with Dougherty, who she described as a man who would sleep at the apartment or in her Ford Explorer because he was homeless. No charges have been filed against Dougherty in the case, records show.

Doseldo indicated a 21-year-old man detained this morning at the home was being investigated as having a possible role in the meth lab operation, but as of Friday afternoon Geertsema was the only one facing charges.

Pennsylvania State Police indicated they found equipment and tools synonymous with making meth and found an undetermined amount of the drug within the home, according to court records.

Geertsema was charged with manufacturing meth with operating a methamphetamine lab, intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of chemicals used to make meth, drug possession, illegal deposits of chemical waste, risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment and several counts of conspiracy including the operation of a meth lab near a school or playground.








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