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April 29, 2014

Danville meth lab case delayed

DANVILLE — A preliminary hearing was postponed Monday for a girlfriend and boyfriend charged with numerous felonies and misdemeanors for operating a methamphetamine lab in a motel room next to a restaurant and hindering the apprehension of a wanted person.

The hearing for Ashley N. Malakoskie, 25, and Justin W. Cressinger, 26, was continued because attorneys haven’t been appointed to represent them.

Because the law firm Kessler-Mattis is representing a woman in a related case, it has a conflict with representing Malakoskie or Cressinger, according to the office of Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder.

Malakoskie and Cressinger remain in jail in lieu of $100,000 straight bail each.

The March 11 raid began after an off-duty Mahoning Township officer noticed Megan Defrain, 28, of Bloomsburg, who was wanted on felony warrants by their department, standing outside a room at the Penn Motel at 1420 Montour Blvd. in Cooper Township.

Police took Defrain into custody along with her sister, Sarah Long, 25, who was staying in Room 4 with Donovan Curtis, 26, of Philadelphia. Police learned there were warrants out for Long and Curtis. Police charged Curtis and Long with drug offenses.

The Kessler-Mattis firm is listed as representing Long. No attorney is listed as counsel for Curtis, according to Shrawder’s office.

Curtis and Long are scheduled to appear before Shrawder for a preliminary hearing May 7.

During the raid of Room 17, occupied by Malakoskie and Cressinger, at the motel, the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force seized an AR-15 rifle, a loaded magazine for an AR-15 style rifle, meth-making ingredients and other items.

Malakoskie and Cressinger were charged with hindering the apprehension of Curtis who was found hiding in their bathroom shower. Police found meth-making materials and glassine packets in Room 17.

A state police clandestine laboratory team completed the search with 26 items seized.

Police also seized $191, eight empty glassine baggies, a digital camera, a digital scale, a pipe cutter and numerous clear plastic baggies. The clandestine team took tan coffee filters, an empty bottle of Heet, a white cardboard box labeled “comfort plus,” a black backpack and clear plastic tubing to be disposed of.

Malakoskie and Cressinger were each charged with a felony of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, a felony of conspiracy with intent to manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a felony of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, a felony of operating an illegal meth lab, a felony of conspiracy to operate an illegal meth lab, a felony of possessing chemicals and compounds needed to manufacture a controlled substance, a felony conspiracy of possessing those previous substances, a felony of operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of meth waste, a felony of conspiracy of operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of meth waste, a felony of causing or risking a catastrophe, a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of conspiracy of possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony of possessing ephedrine in ground up form to make meth, a misdemeanor of conspiracy of possession of ephedrine in ground up form and a felony of hindering the apprehension of a wanted person.

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