Materials used for operating a methamphetamine laboratory were found in a vehicle in Monroe County.
Pocono Mountain Regional police said the vehicle, and a Northampton County resident, were found about 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 20, in the parking lot of the Wall-mart store in Mount Pocono.
According to police, officers observed a suspicious situation and a male passed out inside a vehicle in the lot at the time and date stated. Upon further investigation the occupant of the vehicle was identified as Kyle Fogel, 37, of Wind Gap. Officers also observed apparent drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle additional drug paraphernalia, suspected controlled substances, and a suspected mobile methamphetamine lab were located.
Fogel was taken into custody and a later search revealed that he had a quantity of meth secreted in a tin, hidden within his underwear.
Items found in the vehicle included pseudoephedrine, lithium, drain cleaner, drain crystals, sodium, bottles, coffee filters, funnel, and tubes or hoses. All these items are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, police said.
Also located during the search was a pipe used to smoke meth, a silver canister/vile used to transport meth, and other components used in the manufacture of the drug.
The investigation also revealed communications consistent with the manufacture and trafficking of meth.
Fogel was arraigned on charges of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine, criminal use of a communication device, possession of instruments of a crime, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $25,000 bail.