New Castle News

May 30, 2012

Busts: Police raid suspected meth labs

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Three people were arrested in connection with two suspected meth labs raided Tuesday on Balph and Atlantic avenues.

Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said New Castle and Shenango Township police, acting on a tip that methamphetamine was being made and sold from a house on the municipalities’ border, began an aggressive patrol Monday night.

The police, in cooperation with the district attorney’s drug task force, broke up the alleged operation at 12 Balph Ave. in South New Castle Borough after police had received an anonymous tip.

They set up surveillance on the house and saw garbage bags set out for pickup that contained suspicious items commonly used in home manufacture of methamphetamines. The items included ephedrine and pseudoephedrine packages, charcoal starter fluid containers, household lye, a black grinder, stripped batteries and coffee filters.

Police secured a search warrant and searched around 11 a.m. Tuesday. They arrested Wendy Carey, 36, and Nicholas Andrew Stewart, 31, who live there.

(Nancy Lowry and Debbie Wachter are working on this developing story and will have complete details in Wednesday’s print edition of The News.)