Police arrest five, including pregnant teen, in New Castle meth bust
By Aaron Aupperlee
Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 3:06 p.m.
Police arrested five people, including a 14-year-old pregnant girl, and evacuated neighbors after they found a meth lab inside a New Castle apartment.
Officers made the arrests Wednesday afternoon at a Lawrence County Housing Authority complex on McGrath Avenue. They found lithium batteries, cold and allergy medication, chemicals and other materials commonly used to cook methamphetamine, according to a police report.
Victoria Pappas-Pappakostos, 21, Brett Jacobs, 21, Jeffrey Shelpman, 25, and Richard Bynes, 20, were arrested on drug-related charges, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children, the report stated. The 14-year-old girl was taken to a juvenile detention center.
Police went to the housing complex to investigate a report of trespassers inside the apartment. When officers arrived, they found five people in one apartment who did not have permission from the housing authority to be there, according to the police report.
Before Wednesday, neighbors had complained to police about a possible meth lab inside the apartment, the report stated. When everyone was out of the apartment, a police dog detected the odor of drugs. Officers opened a backpack and found ingredients and components to make meth.
After obtaining a search warrant, police reportedly found and seized more meth-making materials.
During the search, police officers evacuated several neighbors from their apartments. Evacuating nearby residences is standard procedure when dealing with a meth lab because of the volatile chemicals involved, Lt. Cynthia Collingwood said.
Aaron Aupperlee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7986 or email@example.com.
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