Patrick L. Robinson, Wayne County District Attorney, announced the arrest of Seth Ian VanValkenburg, age 19 of Honesdale, PA, for four (4) Felonies and eleven (11) Misdemeanors related to the operation of a mobile methamphetamine lab. According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, VanValkenburg was stopped by the Pennsylvania State Police at 7:23 pm last night for motor vehicle violations in Cherry Ridge Township. VanValkenburg was in possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence (DUI).
VanValkenburg consented to a search of his vehicle and assured the State Police on multiple occasions that there was nothing in the vehicle which would harm them. When one of the Troopers searched the trunk he came into contact with a boiling mobile methamphetamine lab with smoke coming from it. The Trooper did breath in the contaminated fumes and he was transported to the Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment. The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Team was notified and responded to the scene. It took several hours to decontaminate the crime scene.
District Attorney Robinson stated, “First and foremost this morning I spoke with the Trooper who was exposed to the poison and according to him, he had a tremendous headache all night, but he is back to work and feeling much better today. Second, this is outrageous conduct on the part of the Defendant, not only did he risk a catastrophe, but he recklessly endangered many State Troopers and the public in general. Methamphetamine is a truly evil substance and Law Enforcement in Wayne County will prosecute those who manufacture and/or distribute Methamphetamine to the fullest extent of the Law.”
Anyone with any information regarding the manufacture or distribution of methamphetamines is urged to contact the Wayne County Drug Task Force at 570-253-4912.
Magisterial District Judge Linus Myers incarcerated VanValkenburg on $100,000.00 bail and he is scheduled for Central Court on June 27, 2018 at 9:00 am.