HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Tuesday, April 18th, at approximately 7:30 in the evening, the Hazleton Police Patrol Division respond to 1000 Grant Street, Apt. 2, on a report of people manufacturing methamphetamine.
Upon arrival patrol officers approached the residence at which time they determined and detected an immediate danger of a clandestine lab inside the location and for the safety of the officers and residents made entry to prevent a catastrophe and the immediate destruction of evidence.
Upon making entry all occupants were taken into custody and were removed from the location while there was a massive chemical odor emanating from the location.
The three occupants were then identified as 21-year-old, Greg Shafer, of Drums, 24-year-old, Cody Salko, of Freeland, and 46-year-old, Guy Coxe, of Hazleton.
Hazleton City Fire Department was notified and on scene and Fire Fighter Mike Zapotocky and took a reading for air quality.
The reading indicated a high level of volatile gas and detected Hydrogen Sulfide.
The building was evacuated for the safety of the residents and Hazleton City Narcotics obtained a search warrant for the location.
Officer Tom King and Sergeant Mark Zola were checked out at LHVH for exposure to the chemical.
Based on the danger of a clandestine lab, the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team responded to the scene and assisted with the execution of the search warrant.
At nearly 1 o'clock Wednesday morning, members of the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team executed the search warrant and the following items were seized during the search:
All three are being charged with the following:
The Hazleton Police Department was assisted by the Hazleton City Fire Department, Hazleton APTS, West Hazleton Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police Patrol Division as well as their Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.
Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale issued the following statements in a press release:
"This is an extremely dangerous situation that could have caused an explosion" "Thankfully those officers responding saw the situation for what it was and handled it appropriately"