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Chemicals, equipment seized in California drug raid

| Wednesday, April 12, 2006

CALIFORNIA - Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local police Tuesday seized chemicals and lab equipment from a suspected drug manufacturing operation in a borough apartment.

California Police Officer in Charge Rick Encapera said a 23-year-old man living in an apartment complex at 109 Green St. consented to the search.

Encapera said the California University of Pennsylvania public safety department received reports weeks ago of suspected drug activity at the apartment.

He said police and DEA agents searched the apartment noon Tuesday.

The agents detained the man and questioned him yesterday, Encapera said.

Encapera said no charges have been filed and it is undetermined if narcotics were being produced.

"I heard on a news report that it was ecstasy. That's more information than I have," Encapera said. "It's up to the chemist to determine what was made. It's all still under investigation."

Michele McCoy, Cal U director of public affairs, said the man recently withdrew from school.

"Apparently, he was registered for classes," she said. "I don't know if he went to those classes or anything. But, come April 5, he withdrew."

McCoy said some of the courses the student signed up for were Internet classes he could take at home.

She said it is fortunate someone went to the police to report the problem.

"We were on top of it. Our university police had information on it about two weeks ago," she said. "It's good news in a way, because we don't tolerate that and it makes an example."

California Mayor Casey Durdines said the raid went on without incident.

"I think this is really a step in the right direction," he said. "It's a shame that this kind of activity is going on in California. I'm glad it was taken care of safely. Hopefully, this sends a message to anyone doing illegal activities in California."

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