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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Three arrested in meth lab sting

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  • NEWFOUNDLAND - On Wednesday, May 28, the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit Northeast Strike Force executed a search warrant approved by District Attorney Janine Edwards at a residence located on Route 196, Newfoundland, Dreher Township, which detailed a methamphetamine “cook” operation.
    The target was a Lori Ann Graham, age 43, of 625 N-S Turnpike Rd., Newfoundland, who allegedly had sold methamphetamine on two occasions to a confidential informant in controlled purchases run by the PSP Strike Force Unit.
    Through the investigation by the BCI Strike Force Unit and information provided it was learned that Graham had purchased pseudoephedrine (PSE) on numerous occasions at various pharmacies in Pennsylvania during the month of May, according to police.
    Pseudoephedrine (PSE) is an ingredient found in behind-the-counter cough, cold and allergy products and used in the illegal production of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine, often called “meth”, is a Schedule II drug and has a high potential for abuse. Meth can be smoked, snorted or injected and is a stimulant. It has negative consequences such as severe weight loss, dental problems, skin sores, hallucinations, rapid or irregular heart rate, memory loss and mood changes.
    Three individuals were found at the location in Newfoundland Wednesday: Lori Ann Graham, Curtis James Buskirk, 29, of Wind Gap, Pennsylvania and Christine Albulov, 32, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. All three were charged with four felony charges: Causing or Risking a Catastrophe, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Pseudophedrine, Lithium, Hydriodic Acid and Sodium Hydroxide with the Intent to Manufacture.
    They were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards on the felony charges and bail was set by Magistrate Edwards at $250,000 cash for each individual. All are scheduled to appear at central court on June 4, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Wayne County Courthouse.
    District Attorney Edwards said, “The work that went into this investigation was extensive and succinct by the BCI Strike Force Unit to apprehend individuals who not only broke the law by selling an illegal, addictive and destructive drug, methamphetamine, but also risked their lives, their neighbors lives and the lives of law enforcement by 'cooking’ methamphetamine in their home. I am pleased with the quick reaction of our Pennsylvania State Police to not only find out those who sold meth but apprehend them in a safe and secure manner. This is a very serious offense as it not only affects the lives of drug users, but also puts those around the production in a possibly lethal situation. The cooking of meth creates a significant risk of explosion."
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