By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
COOLSPRING TOWNSHIP —
Two Mercer County men were arrested last week after police found that they were making methamphetamine in a Coolspring Township motel.
Adam A. McCoy, 30, of 512 Milburn Road, Springfield Township, and Justin T.M Gabel, 22, of 303 Lincoln Ave., Grove City, each were arrested Nov. 6 on charges of operating a meth lab, manufacturing meth, illegal dumping of meth waste, possessing items used in making meth, possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment.
State police said they were called by a man who had been drinking with McCoy and Gable in the Mercer Motel, 213 Franklin St.
The man said he saw items on a bed and McCoy told him they were used in making meth in a manner known as “shake and bake,” police said. Various ingredients are placed in plastic bottles and meth forms. This approach also is called the “one pot” or “one cook” method.
Police obtained a search warrant and the State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team went to the motel and seized 22 items, including two glasses and two plastic bottles containing white, yellow or clear liquids; Coleman stove fuel; white powder; Muriatic acid; AA batteries; an ice compress; acetone; propane tanks; tubing; coffee filters; and Sudafed packaging, police said. Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine.
Gable and McCoy were jailed for failing to post bond and face a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Thursday before District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer.