A York man is in jail, accused of cooking methamphetamine outside of his mother’s house and then using his grandmother’s abandoned trailer to concoct the drug, authorities say.
Drug agents Thursday night uncovered the sixth and seventh meth labs in York County, the latest in what officials have called a troubling, quickly-growing trend.
At about 4:45 p.m., agents with the York County Multijursidictional Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at a home on Chalet Court, off West Liberty Hill Road in York, where they found several precursors to making the addictive street drug, which often includes lighter fluid, lithium batteries, coffee filters, ice packs and pseudoephedrine --a common cold decongestant and meth’s key ingredient.
The home, an abandoned trailer, belonged to Stephen Jay Beattie’s grandmother, who did not live there, said Lt. Mike Ligon, drug unit commander for York and Clover. Agents also learned that Richard Wayne Bond, 34, of also of York, spent time in the home.
Beattie, 30, and Bond were both arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, according to York County jail records. Beattie was additionally charged with drug law conspiracy, manufacturing methamphetamine within proximity to a school and possession of narcotics in Schedule I and Schedule II. Agents found several meth-making materials outside of Beattie’s mother’s home, on the same property.
His mother was unaware that he had been cooking the drug, Ligon said.
Officials had to call in a hazmat crew to clean up after finding residue from meth cooking. The labs are the latest in a series of lab busts that gained speed in 2013 and seem to be continuing this year.
Authorities last year had not started finding meth labs until Valentine’s Day, Marvin Brown, drug unit commander, has said in the past. By Valentine’s Day this year, they had already found at least four. Officials estimate that they will likely find more labs this year.