When drug agents from the Office of the Attorney General raided a Lansford home Thursday night, they found not only equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine, but two small, diaper-clad children.
The children were decontaminated, clothed and fed by Lansford emergency responders, then placed with Carbon County Children and Youth Services.
Their mother, Misty Nicole Hyneman, 30, of 346 W. Patterson St., is in Carbon County Correctional Facility under $25,000 percentage bail. She faces felony charges of criminal conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, criminal conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine laboratory, and illegally dump methamphetamine waste.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford by Charles Horvath of the Office of the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, here's how the bust unfolded.:
On Thursday, Horvath and Lansford Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick met with Richard Berger, who owns the home at 346 W. Patterson St.
Berger told them that Hyneman, who lives with him, was allegedly making methamphetamine in the basement. He told them that over the past few weeks, he found a bottle cap with vinyl tubing attached to it, and multiple containers of Coleman camping fuel in the house. Berger said his eyes were burning, and a strong chemical odor was present during the early morning hours while Hyneman was in the basement.
He also said Hyneman asked him to purchase two boxes of pseudoephedrine from the Lansford Rite Aid for her.
Berger gave his consent for police to search the house. He went to the house several times to try to contact Hyneman, but she did not come to the door. Carbon County Drug Task Force officers entered with Berger's permission, and Hyneman was found in the second floor bathroom.
She was detained and moved outside. A cursory search revealed the following items on the basement steps: A one gallon can of Coleman camping fuel, a one gallon container of muriatic acid, and three glass jars marked "sulfuric acid."
The officers left the house, and Horvath contacted the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.
Hyneman was taken to the Lansford police station where Horvath read her Miranda rights, which she waived in writing. Hyneman told Horvath what was in the house, and admitted to helping a Ben Kunkel obtain items used to make methamphetamine using the "one pot" method, as well as being present while allowing him to make the drug in the basement of 346 W. Patterson St.
She also admitted to disposing of the meth waste. She signed a written statement admitting to assisting in the manufacture of methamphetamine and the disposal of the waste.
The Clandestine Laboratory Response Team responded to process the scene and found the following additional significant items in the basement: Three plastic bottles containing suspected meth residue, a suspected gas generator, three bottles of drain opener, vinyl tubing, lithium batteries, starting fluid, denatured alcohol, and ammonium nitrate, among other items.
The raid closed down streets in the immediate area for most of the evening. American Fire Co. No. 1, Lansford Ambulance, the Carbon County Emergency Management Agency, and police from neighboring communities assisted in the incident.