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Meth Lab Busted Across From Police Station

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GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Two people have been charged with operating a small methamphetamine lab in a home across the street from their western Pennsylvania township’s police station.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for 29-year-old Shane Patterson and 20-year-old Ashley Dillen, whose home was raided last Thursday by state attorney general’s agents and police in Hempfield Township, Mercer County.

Patrolman Daniel McCloskey tells The (Sharon) Herald the couple was using a “shake-and-bake” lab, a small, portable setup that enables someone to mix the powerful stimulant without cooking it on a stove or other heat source.

Police say they searched the house after getting an unspecified tip.

The couple face a preliminary hearing March 13 on conspiracy, drug manufacturing and other charges.

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