A Barnesville man and woman are in custody after police discovered many items used in the manufacture and sale of methaphetamine in a home on Forest Avenue.
"It looks like this has been going on for a long time," said Rush Township Police Sgt. Duane Frederick. "Numerous items were found with the ingredients, to include a small food scale and small clear plastic baggies."
Friday evening, police in New Castle, Del. alerted Rush Township Police about a possible meth lab at the home of Ryan R. Oakes-Janeiro, 22, of 11 Forest Ave., Barnesville, after Delaware police pulled him over for a traffic stop.
Frederick said that Oakes-Janiero gave the Delaware police officers permission to search his vehicle.
"The search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a mobile meth lab inside, along with a decent amount of heroin," said Frederick.
Oakes-Janeiro, who lives at the home with a relative, told Delaware police that he started making the drug at his home in Pennsylvania.
That is when Delaware authorities contacted Rush Township Police, who went to the home and were given consent to search the home by Oakes-Janeiro's relative, who owns the property. Assisting Rush Township Police were officers from Ryan Township Police Department and agents from the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force (SCDTF).
An agent from the task force said that among the items found were batteries, camping stove fuel, aluminum, peroxide and empty over-the-counter medications. Frederick said that these and other items found are consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Their search resulted in them finding a large amount of items used in the manufacture and sale of meth from the basement of the home.
Frederick added that Oakes-Janiero was the only person who used the basement part of the home where the lab was discovered.
An agent with the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force said that among the items found were batteries, Coleman camping stove fuel, aluminum, peroxide and empty Sudafed boxes, all items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Also inside the vehicle was Ashley M. Hoppes, 20, of 571 State Road in Barnesville.
Frederick pointed out that, in Delaware, both Oakes-Janiero and Hoppes are facing drug charges and will also be facing possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and related offenses for the meth lab at 11 Forest Ave. He added that he is still investigating and expects to file local charges against both of them soon.
Frederick said that neighbors can call 911 if they suspect their neighbors of doing anything illegal.
Some slang names for methamphetamine are crystal meth, meth, speed, crystal, clavo, ice, shards, shabu/shaboo, glass, jib, crank, batu/batunas, scanté, schizznit, gack, tweak, rizz, rock, tina and cold.
"The making of meth could be a dangerous process for both the criminals and neighbors," he added.