SAXONBURG (KDKA) — A local man remains in jail today and is facing charges after state police in Butler County say they found “an active methamphetamine lab inside of a van.”
Police say 31-year-old Justin Stackhouse is accused of converting the van parked on Cherry Valley Road in Saxonburg into a fully-functional meth lab. According to state police, he was able to produce around two ounces of meth at a time.
“My fiancé didn’t want to come out of the house because he didn’t want no trouble. But they pulled him out and they were [going to] Taser him,” said Robyn Tuttle. “They did all this in front of my 5-year-old child.”
However, family members say that Stackhouse doesn’t even live at the address, and only used the van on their property.
Family members say Stackhouse lived about a mile down the road from where the van is parked. Stackhouse’s fiancé, who also lives there, says there was no meth being produced.
But during the course of the investigation, state police were watching both homes, and in the end did remove Stackhouse’s fiancé’s son from their home.
“They tried to say there was a meth lab here and there is not,” said Tuttle. “I’m lost without my 5-year-old son. He’s never been away from me.”
State Police say there was evidence of meth use at their house and enough concern to call in Butler Children and Youth services.
State police say Stackhouse is facing several charges including manufacturing meth with a child present. It’s a felony three crime and he could face up to seven years in jail if convicted.