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VANDERGRIFT (KDKA/AP) — Police say a Pittsburgh-area homeless woman started a methamphetamine lab in the home of a Good Samaritan who had invited her to stay there.
Wanda Williams lives right next door to 519 Franklin Avenue in Vandergrift.
So she was somewhat stunned to see a flurry of activity there this week.
Troopers raided the home after a suspected meth lab was discovered in the home’s attic.
It turns out, it wasn’t the 67-year-old woman who lived next door, but 32-year-old Tia Klazon and her boyfriend Keil Freeman, police said.
Investigators say the Vandergrift couple told the home’s owner they were homeless and needed help, so she gave them a place to stay. Two days after the duo moved in, the homeowner called 911 after watching Klazon and Freeman bring in bag after bag of chemicals and other items into the home and up to the attic.
Not long after, troopers started removing the potentially dangerous items.
The criminal complaints lists 24 separate pieces of evidence seized, including plastic bottles full of various acidic liquids, tubing, liquid fire drain cleaner, lye, camping stove fuel.
All of it with explosive potential.
“You see what can happen when you take in complete strangers. It’s no good, it’s no good,” Williams said
Klazon and Freeman face multiple charges, including drug counts, as well as risking a catastrophe.
The two are in the Westmoreland County Prison, each held on $100,000 bond.
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