PARKS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Authorities in Armstrong County conducted a raid Friday morning on a home where a suspected meth lab was in operation.

According to a statement from the Armstrong County District Attorney’s Office, the raid was conducted in the 3400-block of Garver’s Ferry Road in Parks Township around 6 a.m.

“The chemicals pose a risk of fire or explosion,” said Chase McClister, the Armstrong County assistant district attorney. “There are noxious fumes that are created as part of the process of concocting these chemicals mixtures.”

The owner of the house, Jessica Conrad, was taken into custody along with Hebert Covey IV, Gary Miller and Stephanie Swindler.

For months, authorities have been conducting an undercover drug investigation.

Authorities say Covey and Miller will be charged with operating a meth house. The two women were not charged.

Two children were taken into protective custody by Armstrong County Children, Youth and Families after being examined at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

“There was a great risk of explosion – as I said the poisonous chemicals that are involved, dangerous to the environment, dangerous to the neighbors, children and so forth,” said McClister.

Authorities won’t say what led them to the home in their investigation; they are just happy no one was hurt.

“Today’s efforts are the culmination of months of intense investigations and are a joint effort of the DA’s Drug Task Force and the Pa. Attorney General’s Office. This effort highlights the cooperative effort it takes to identify and interdict these types of activities,” District Attorney Scott Andreassi said.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.


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