SALEM TWP. — State drug agents with the Office of Attorney General seized a large amount of chemicals and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine from a house in a residential area on Friday.
Brent Harvey, 31, and Jessica Brudnak, 30, were arrested when agents searched their house at 719 E. Second St. as a result of a methamphetamine investigation with police in Berwick and Salem township. The house is along Salem Township Boulevard near the Berwick line.
State police chemists removed the alleged methamphetamine and highly volatile chemicals from the house.
According to the criminal complaints:
State drug agents and police searched the house at about 6 a.m. and arrested Harvey and Brudnak, allegedly finding ingredients, chemicals and equipment used to cook methamphetamine.
Chemicals and ingredients included Coleman fuel, multiple pots, sodium, ammonia nitrate, lithium, sulfuric acid, coffee filters, cold medicine and unidentified liquids, the complaints say.
Agents said the ingredients and chemicals combined create a dangerous situation “presenting a potential for explosion, fire hazard and the release of noxious and toxic fumes into the atmosphere,” according to the complaints.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said in a news release that the method Harvey and Brudnak used to cook meth is called the “one-pot method.”
When using the one-pot method, methamphetamine cooks to combine a series of ingredients into one container and the chemical reaction that ensues leaves a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject, Kane stated.
Harvey and Brudnak allegedly admitted to cooking methamphetamine inside the house and disposing waste in household trash, the complaints say.
Harvey and Brudnak were charged with four counts of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and one count each of risking catastrophe, possession of a controlled substance and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste.
They were arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail each. Preliminary hearings are scheduled on May 14.