Two charged with running a meth lab from their Westmoreland County home

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Two Westmoreland County residents were arraigned today on felony drug charges after investigators from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office said they found a meth lab running out of their home.

Lisa Kirchartz and Robert Cass, both 49 and of Bell, are in the Westmoreland County Jail on $100,000 bond each on charges of operating a meth lab, drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, risking a catastrophe, having a specific material with the intent to make drugs and conspiracy.

Each also is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child because investigators said their toddler grandson sometimes stayed at the home. Neither Ms. Kirchartz nor Mr. Cass had an attorney listed in online court records.

Agent Douglas Brink of the state attorney general’s office had been watching facets of their alleged drug activities for more than two years before the charges were filed Wednesday in Westmoreland County, he wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

The pair purchased products containing pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth production found in cold and allergy medications — 94 times between January 2012 and July 2013 and had been blocked 16 times for exceeding federal guidelines detailing how much one can buy, he wrote.

During two July 2013 searches of the Kier Street home, agents found several supplies commonly used in the production of meth, Agent Brink wrote in the affidavit.

Agents also saw a small plastic container with what Ms. Kirchartz said was meth. She said Mr. Cass cooks meth somewhere “out back” of the home.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Monday.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1966.


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