LANCASTER — Three people two of them brothers were arrested after investigators found them operating a methamphetamine lab and stashing the materials used to cook the drugs in a Lancaster house on Wednesday, deputies say.
The lab was not active and "cooking" when deputies went into the home, although police did confiscate less than a gram of cooked meth from the house, police said.
Investigators conducting surveillance on 291 South Ave., stopped Robert Baker, 39, as he drove away from the house, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's news release. While looking through Baker's car, they found several items "commonly used to manufacture" meth.
Deputies went to the house and arrested Aaron Baker, 35, on an outstanding manufacturing marijuana warrant. Police searched the home and found meth and hazardous materials used to make the addictive street drug, including Coleman fuel, ice packs, bottles, batteries, glassware and pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in cooking meth.
Dana Sanders, 34, who was at the home, was also arrested and charged.
Specialists were called in to get rid of the chemicals, deputies said.
Authorities had been watching the house after receiving information that the residents might have been involved with making meth and other illegal activities, said Sheriff's Office Maj. Matt Shaw.
Police made their move when they saw Robert Baker leaving the house, Shaw said. He had been stopped for a minor traffic violation. Aaron and Robert Baker are brothers.
All three suspects were jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center where they are awaiting a bond hearing. The suspects were charged as follows:
Aaron Baker: Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Growing/Manufacturing Marijuana
Robert Baker: Manufacturing Methamphetamine
Dana Sanders: Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Schedule II and IV controlled substance