Four Await Hearings In Alleged Meth Lab Case
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Four area residents – three from Pottstown and one from Birdsboro – are being held in the Montgomery County jail as they await preliminary hearings on charges brought by Lower Pottsgrove police in their June 20 (2018) investigation of alleged illegal drug manufacturing in the Rolling Hills apartment complex, 2120 Buchert Rd.
The most recent arrest in the case occurred Monday (June 25), the police department announced on its CrimeWatch website, as officers located and picked up a subject wanted on a warrant whom they said had fled the crime scene on foot.
Facing charges that include the manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver illegal substances; risking a catastrophe, conspiracy, and several other related offenses, according to Montgomery County magisterial district court docket sheets, are:
- Gary I. Hodgson III of Pottstown,
- Melissa Ann Meehan of Pottstown,
- Katrina Anne Perez of Pottstown, and
- Amber Lynn Devine of Birdsboro.
All four were remanded to the county Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA after they were unable to post bail. Bail was set in the amount of $75,000 for Hodgson, Meehan, and Perez; and $50,000 for Devine, dockets sheets indicate.
Preliminary hearings before Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr. are scheduled for July 6 (Friday) for Devine, and July 11 (Wednesday) for Hodgson, Meehan, and Perez.
Law enforcement personnel from six different organizations, working together to investigate a tip, last Wednesday discovered an alleged methamphetamine drug manufacturing laboratory in Apartment 135. The 3 a.m. raid on the lab occurred in the complex filled by families with children, located about a quarter-mile southwest of the Lower Pottsgrove police station.
Joining township police were the Pennsylvania State Police clandestine lab unit, Montgomery County Detectives, and officers from Upper Pottsgrove and Limerick townships and Royersford borough departments. The tipster claimed drug-making was “in progress,” according to an earlier Lower Pottsgrove report.
The apartment was so contaminated by hazardous chemicals that the township Codes Enforcement Office deemed it uninhabitable, condemned the unit, and turned it over to Rolling Hills management, police said.
Suspect photos from Lower Pottsgrove police