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A New Florence man is accused of cooking methamphetamine in a shed in front of children.

Robert Andrew Deemer, 28, was charged Wednesday by state police with manufacture of methamphetamine with a child present; manufacture of a controlled substance; use or possession of drug paraphernalia; deposits, stores, disposes of chemical waste; and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, an employee at the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau reported to a county probation officer that Deemer, who is on house arrest, was making meth at his residence and may have used it in front of children.

When probation officers searched the shed at Deemer’s 15th Street home, they found batteries cut in half and stripped, empty plastic bottles with residue, a gas mask, empty pill packets and burn marks on the floor.

Other items seized from the makeshift lab included four cold medicine packs, an empty box of decongestion medicine, a napkin and coffee filter with residue, plastic bags with residue, an aluminum smoking pipe, a plastic jug and a pill bottle containing liquid, the affidavit stated. An officer said the items were “inductive” to making methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

When officers searched Deemer’s bedroom, they allegedly found a metal can of camp fuel and two metal spoons with residue, the affidavit said.

Deemer told police that he cooked meth only once and doesn’t use the drug, which stimulates the central nervous system and is sometimes used recreationally.

During an interview, one child told police about seeing “white bits in foil and Deemer snort them,” according to the affidavit. The same child was in the shed while Deemer was cooking and said it had happened more than once, police said.

Deemer told police that about two months ago, a child ran out to the shed and opened the door while he and his girlfriend were cooking meth. Deemer said he told the child to leave, and he and his girlfriend stopped cooking.

Deemer told police the couple were making meth to earn money.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing 10:30 a.m. May 26 before Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel. He remains in Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.

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