The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 11, 2014

Meth lab plea expected

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE —

DANVILLE – A Derry Township woman charged with operating a methamphetamine lab in her home is scheduled to enter a guilty plea.

Attorney David Noon, who represents Allison Marie Swisher, 48, of 107 Mexico Road, told Montour County Judge Gary Norton Tuesday his client plans to enter a plea May 9.

Swisher remains in jail in lieu of $250,000 straight bail.

She is charged with operating a four-pot meth lab. Police said they found chemicals, precursors and items commonly found and used in the production of meth. After serving a search warrant, police said Swisher admitted to cooking meth earlier that evening of July 23. Some of the finished product was found on a  dresser in Swisher’s bedroom, police said.

This was the second known meth lab discovered in Montour County. The first was found several months earlier in Danville with a woman charged.

An undercover agent drove a confidential informant to Swisher’s house. The informant told police there was a cooler with a zipped top containing items related to making meth, rubber tubing, pseudoephedrine pills, cold packs, pliers, funnels, a glass far with a yellow tinted liquid, an empty water bottle and a water bottle containing a cloudy liquid with black chunks. The informant also saw Swisher with a jar containing salt and an unknown chemical which produced a gas and Swisher use rubber tubing she placed in a reaction vessel with it beginning to crystallize. The informant said Swisher was seen drying meth in the oven.

Police charged Swisher with one count of possession with intent to deliver

a controlled substance, four counts of manufacturing a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance,  one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of possessing liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals including red phosphorus, hypophosophoric acid, ammonium sulfate, phosphourus, iodine, hydriodic acid, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, lithium, sodium potassium and sassafras oil, four counts of operating a meth lab and one count of risking a catastrophe.

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