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June 10, 2014

Derry Township woman admits to meth lab

DANVILLE – A Derry Township woman faces up to eight years in jail after pleading guilty to operating a methamphetamine lab and related charges.

Allison Marie Swisher, 49, of 107 Mexico Road, entered the pleas Monday before Montour County Judge Gary Norton.

Swisher admitted to conspiracy to selling and delivering drugs, manufacturing and possessing meth, possessing ingredients to make meth, operating a meth lab and risking a catastrophe.

The conspiracy charge is from Jan. 8, 2013, with Swisher conspiring with Joshua Kressler to deliver and sell drugs.

The other charges are from July 22 when police raided her home.

Attorney David Noon, representing Swisher, said he wasn’t sure if the weight of 614.37 grams of meth alleged in the laboratory report was all meth.

Norton said there is a 2-year minimum jail term for operating a meth lab with up to eight years in prison depending upon the weight of the drugs found.

Following a records check, Swisher will be sentenced.

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

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. Police said some of the finished product was found on a dresser in Swisher’s bedroom.

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.

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