The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 21, 2013

Jailed man charged in 2nd meth case

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

GROVE CITY — A man already facing one case of allegedly making methamphetamine has been charged with a second offense.

Grove City police have charged Adam A. McCoy, 30, of Mercer County Jail, with operating methamphetamine laboratory, illegal dumping of meth waste, possessing ingredients used in making meth, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of ephedrine with intent to make meth and reckless endangerment.

Police said McCoy’s wife, Alicia, called them Nov. 6 and said she believed her husband had been making meth in their duplex apartment in the 100 block of West Poplar Street.

The couple were moving out and she stopped by to retrieve items when she found suspicious materials, police said.

Police said they called the State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team, which was “already in the county processing a lab at a different location in which McCoy is the defendant.”

The team that day raided a room at the Mercer Motel, 213 Franklin St., Coolspring Township. State police arrested McCoy and Justin T.M. Gable, 22, of 303 Lincoln Ave., Grove City, alleging they were making meth there.

State police charged McCoy and Gable largely with the same charges as Grove City police.

After collecting items such as plastic bottles containing meth and ingredients used in making the drug, such as Muriatic acid, batteries, an ice compress, acetone and Sudafed, of which the active ingredient is ephedrine, the team went to Poplar Street and seized a bottle of meth, Muriatic and Hydrochloric acid, empty boxes of Sudafed and batteries.

The reckless endangerment charge refers to McCoy’s neighbors in the duplex, police said.

Meth labs are notorious because of the hazardous chemicals that can be used in making the dangerous drug – including battery acid, antifreeze, lye and drain cleaner – and have been known to explode and give off noxious fumes.

District Judge D. Neil McEwen, Pine Township, on Wednesday held for court all charges in the Grove City case. District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer, previously held for court the state police charges.

McCoy is in Mercer County Jail.

Gable waived his charges to court before Hinch, and faces a Jan. 2 hearing before her on charges related to the theft of a video game system and games in Mercer.