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Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Cambria County father and son have been jailed after raids at their Hastings properties uncovered a methamphetamine lab buried in a garage, explosives, stolen construction equipment and a large cache of commercial-grade fireworks, state police said Wednesday.

John A. Kollar, 63, and his son, Bradley G. Kollar, 39, both of Hastings, were placed in the county jail on Tuesday after raids at two properties, police said. District Judge Michael Zungali set bond for John Kollar at $100,000 and Bradley Kollar at $200,000.

Both were charged with transferring or selling vehicles obtained from a chop shop and disposing of vehicles obtained illegally. John Kollar was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and marijuana possession, while Bradley Kollar was charged with eight counts of receiving stolen property.

State police said they uncovered the methamphetamine lab and construction equipment on properties that the Kollars own on Murphy Springs Road and Baker Street. Police did not specify which of the properties housed the illegal drug lab that was fully functional but not in operation. Police did not identify the explosive materials.

Cpl. John Matchik at the Ebensburg barracks could not be reached for comment.

Among the stolen equipment recovered was a front loader, an all-terrain vehicle, two skid loaders, a riding tractor and a U-Haul, police said. The equipment was valued between $50,000 and $60,000. Several boxes of the commercial-grade fireworks were discovered in the U-Haul.

The suspects are scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Zungali on Tuesday.

State police at Ebensburg said they were joined in the raid by the state police Western Auto Theft Task Force, Special Emergency Response Team, bomb-detection dogs, the hazardous device and explosives team, a clandestine lab response team and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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