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Two charged with tossing meth waste in Summit Hill woods waive hearings

Published August 24. 2012 05:02PM

Two men who allegedly tried to get rid of the remnants of an illegal methamphetamine lab by tossing the chemicals into a wooded area in Summit Hill waived their hearings on the charges this week.

Ricky R. Burns Jr., 19, of Coaldale, and Vincent Anthony Keller Jr., 27, of Lehighton, were both scheduled for hearings before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Both are facing charges of operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, possession of drug paraphernalia, and scattering rubbish.

Both are also awaiting trial on drug charges in Schuylkill County, filed by Coaldale Chief of Police Timothy Delaney.

The charges in Carbon County were filed by Summit Hill Police Officer Lori Lienhard.

In her affidavit, Lienhard writes that on April 11, at 5:30 p.m., she received a call from Delaney stating they had a reported meth lab in Coaldale.

Delaney advised her that Burns took items from the meth lab to Summit Hill and threw several garbage bags containing chemicals to make meth over the guide rails on the White Bear Hill (Route 902).

The affidavit continues to state that Delaney took Burns to Summit Hill and recovered several garbage bags which contained items to make the meth. Burns also showed him an area along Bugzie's Mountain (Route 902) where a book bag was thrown "which contained chemicals to make meth and a glass bowl that contained a white residue that field tested positive for meth."

Lienhard says in the affidavit that Burns told her he did not want the items at the house so he took them to get rid of them. He told her the disposal of the items occurred two weeks previous "because he was afraid of getting caught with the items."

Burns also said it was Keller who had the book bag and tossed it out a car window and into the woods in Summit Hill.

Keller's bail is set at $5,000 unsecured by Kosciolek and 10 percent of $25,000 in Schuylkill County.

The bail for Burns is set at $2,000 by Kosciolek and $25,000 unsecured in Schuylkill County.

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