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May 23, 2013

2 Meyersdale women charged in meth probe

MEYERSDALE — A methamphetamine dump found last week near Meyersdale has led state police to two women they accuse of helping to supply ingredients to the meth-makers.

Investigators charged two Meyersdale women with buying pills containing pseudoe­phedrine, an ingredient in meth, for the men accused of operating the lab busted last month.

Police allege that Debra Ann Custer, 48, traded the pills to one of the alleged meth-makers – her son, Jordan O’Donnell, 22 – in exchange for meth.

The other woman, Vanessa May Housel, 25, was paid $50 to go to pharmacies in Somerset County and Maryland to buy similar nasal decongestant pills, state police said.

Cpl. Edward R. Thomas said investigators connected the women, O’Donnell and another alleged Meyersdale drug-maker, Matthew Bowman, 29, through receipts tossed in the meth dump on Sand Spring Road in Summit Township.

Police said that during interviews, Custer said she regularly bought heroin from Bowman, and Housel said she tried meth with O’Donnell in December.

Both women are charged with conspiracy in the manufacture of a controlled substance, a felony.

Both were released on $10,000 unsecured bond following arraignments Wednesday before District Judge Douglas Bell.

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