2012-11-28 / Front Page

Focus on meth labs in Bedford County

Drug Task Force Arrests Local Man
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Edward Mack Edward Mack A Crystal Spring man was arrested last Monday evening after Pennsylvania State Police and the Bedford County Drug Task Force launched a full-scale investigation into possible methamphetamine lab operations.

In a press release dated November 20, Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins reported that over the last five weeks a total of four meth lab operations were discovered within the county. The operations were located at the Breezewood Motel, on the exterior of a residential apartment building on South Wood Street in the Bedford Borough, at the rear of the Imler Fire Co. and in a vehicle parked along Mowrys Mills Road in Imler.

Higgins stated the investigation focused on five individuals who are all interconnected. Edward Duane Mack, 48, of Crystal Spring, and 29-year-old Imler resident Crystal Lynn Burket were arrested by the state police undercover unit and Drug Task Force officers. Additional arrests were expected to be made later in the week.

According to Higgins, Burket was located inside a vehicle pulled into a “wide-spot” along Mowrys Mills Road. Numerous coffee filters, a plastic soda bottle and an open lithium battery were spotted inside the automobile. Additional items were found after a search warrant was obtained.

Mack was allegedly loitering in a nearby wooded area, and the duo had arrived at the scene together in the same vehicle, Higgins added.

Both individuals were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance; possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals; and conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance. Mack and Burket were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Tonya Osman, who remanded them to the Bedford County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail each.

A preliminary hearing for Mack was tentatively scheduled for November 28.

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