DORRANCE TWP. — A man already facing terroristic-threats charges was one of two men arrested Tuesday morning after police said they found them in a suspected mobile methamphetamine lab parked near the Dorrance Township municipal playground.
State police apprehended Joseph Estok, 22, of Wright Township, and Richard Seiwell, 18, of Dorrance Township, around 9 a.m. after investigating two reported suspicious vehicles parked to the side of the municipal building near the playground.
Before the state police converged on the small Mountain Top-area community, Township Secretary Pat Davis said she noticed two vehicles had been parking to the side of the municipal building at various times of the day and night since before Thanksgiving.
Normally, the vehicles would leave when she arrived for work in the morning, Davis said. But the two cars lingered Tuesday morning, prompting her to call authorities.
Officers found Estok and Seiwell inside Estok’s Mitsubishi Lancer. Seiwell had methamphetamine on his person and he was arrested, state police said. Estok allowed his vehicle to be searched and officers found more meth and marijuana, state police said.
The two men admitted that meth-cooking ingredients and equipment were inside Seiwell’s Toyota Matrix, which was parked next to Estok’s car, state police said.
Further investigation by the state police Clandestine Lab Response Team uncovered the items Seiwell referred to. Seiwell admitted the equipment was his, state police said.
State police said they charged Seiwell with manufacturing methamphetamine after he admitted to making the drug to pay for legal expenses stemming from charges last year.
Estok had not been charged as of press time Tuesday night.
Seiwell, 18, is facing a slew of misdemeanor charges after he allegedly made bomb threats at Crestwood High School, where he was a student.
According to arrest papers, Seiwell allegedly wrote “bomb in school” and “bomb in the school” on April 18 and May 8 on the men’s room wall. Police allege Seiwell again wrote “ricin is in the school” on May 9 .
Ricin is a deadly toxin.
Seiwell was charged based on classmates’ testimony and handwriting samples that linked him to the bathroom scrawls. He was released on $25,000 bail and waived his hearing to county court back in July. A trial date has not been announced.
Estok, 22, also has a history with law enforcement.
Back in January, Estok was arrested after allegedly selling about $220 worth of cocaine to an undercover Luzerne County Drug Task Force agent, arrest papers show.