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May 8, 2013

Police: Another meth lab uncovered in Meyersdale

MEYERSDALE — A Meyersdale man was jailed after police accused him of operating a methamphetamine lab in Meyersdale.

Borough police alleged that 31-year-old Larry DeWayne Wilt was making meth inside a mobile home on Celtic Lane.

Police said they made the discovery March 19 after Wilt’s roommate reported a strange odor inside the trailer.

It’s the second time in eight days authorities have uncovered a methamphetamine lab in the Meyersdale area. Law enforcement authorities across Somerset County say they are working together to drive out meth makers.

“With these last couple that have hit the news, we’re hoping it will send a message,” District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser said.

In a criminal complaint, Meyersdale police said they were called to a Celtic Lane address after a man reported “a bad smell inside his trailer and that he believes that his roommate might be making meth.”

When police searched the home, they found numerous items used in making crystal meth, including a plastic 2-liter pop bottle.

The bottle is used for mixing chemicals. Drug users smoke the final product to get a cocaine-like high.

Wilt was charged with operating a meth lab, delivery of a controlled substance, causing or risking a catastrophe, possession of a counterfeit substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment.

He was arraigned Tuesday by on-call District Judge Susan Mankamyer of Boswell and sent to the Somerset County Jail after failing to post $40,000 bond.

State police on April 30 charged Meyersdale residents Jordan O’Donnell, 22, and Matthew Bowman, 29, with making meth in their Summit Township home.

In that case, state police evacuated neighbors because of the potentially volatile chemicals.

“If the wrong chemicals come into contact, you’re essentially creating a bomb,” Lazzari-Strasiser said.


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