SOUTH MAHONING TOWNSHIP — State police are investigating yet another methamphetamine bust in Indiana County.
Trooper Cliff Greenfield, a spokesman for the Indiana station, said in a news release that two men and a woman are currently under investigation and facing possible charges in connection with running a meth lab at a residence on 49 Hardship Drive.
Around 1:14 p.m. Monday, Greenfield said troopers acting on a tip responded to the residence after receiving information regarding possible meth manufacturing occurring there.
Greenfield said troopers obtained consent to search the residence.
Trooper Robert A. Shaw said troopers found several items consistent with the manufacture of meth, and the suspected contraband was located inside. The state police’s Clandestine Laboratory Response Team was then called, and the unit safely processed the inventory and collected the suspected meth-related items without incident.
Based on the investigation, Shaw said three unidentified suspects are under investigation — a 37-year-old Smicksburg man, a 33-year-old Home man and a 30-year-old Penn Run woman.
Charges have not yet been filed.
Greenfield said the pending charges include felony counts for operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of meth waste; manufacturing a controlled substance; and possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals. Pending misdemeanor counts include possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and possession of pseudoephedrine for meth manufacturing.
State police have investigated more than half a dozen incidents involving meth operations this year in Indiana County, including cases in East Wheatfield Township, Burrell Township, Buffington Township, White Township and Indiana Borough.
And in May, state police from Indiana, Greensburg and Ebensburg, joined by the Troop A vice-narcotics squad and the state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, served arrest warrants on numerous individuals from the Indiana County area suspected of involvement in manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver meth in the region.
The sweep was called “Operation One Pot,” as in portable “one pot” meth laboratories.
Greenfield said during a news conference the suspects targeted in the sweep faced a total of 53 felony counts.
State police encourage anyone with information related to suspected drug activity to call state police or the 24-hour drug trafficking tip line at (877) PA-NO-DRUGS.