DREHER TWP. - Authorities arrested three suspects after raiding a methamphetamine “cook” operation at a residence on Route 196 in Newfoundland, Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards announced
Charged were Lori Ann Graham, 42, of Newfoundland; Curtis James Buskirk, 29, of Wind Gap; and Christine Albulov, 32, of Grand Rapids, Mich.
A search warrant was executed late Wednesday afternoon by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit Northeast Strike Force.
Authorities said the target was Graham, who had sold methamphetamine on two occasions to a confidential informant in controlled purchases run by state police.
Graham had purchased pseudoephedrine (PSE) on numerous occasions at various pharmacies in Pennsylvania during the month of May, authorities said.
PSE is an ingredient found in behind-the-counter cough, cold and allergy products and is used in the illegal production of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine has a high potential for abuse.
Buskirk and Albulov were at the residence with Graham at the time of the raid.
All three were charged with four felony charges: causing or risking a catastrophe, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and possession of pseudophedrine, lithium, hydriodic acid and sodium hydroxide with the intent to manufacture.
The suspects were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards, who set bail at $250,000 for each defendant.
They are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. June 4 in Central Court at the Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale.
District Attorney Edwards said, “The work that went into this investigation was extensive and succinct by the BCI Strike Force Unit to apprehend individuals who not only broke the law by selling an illegal, addictive and destructive drug, methamphetamine, but also risked their lives, their neighbors lives and the lives of law enforcement by 'cooking’ methamphetamine in their home."
The district attorney said she was pleased with the quick reaction of state police to find the suspects and apprehend them in a safe and secure manner.
"This is a very serious offense as it not only affects the lives of drug users, but also puts those around the production in a possibly lethal situation," Edwards said. "The cooking of meth creates a significant risk of explosion."
Methamphetamine, a stimulant, can be smoked, snorted or injected.
It has negative consequences such as severe weight loss, dental problems, skin sores, hallucinations, rapid or irregular heart rate, memory loss and mood changes.