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NEW CASTLE Cops find drug lab in garage



Published: Wed, September 25, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A man and a woman face multiple charges.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Authorities said a call to a domestic disturbance led police to discover an illegal-drug lab operating in a garage in the 300 block of Phillips Way.

Matthew T. Mangino, Lawrence County district attorney, said warrants were issued for King Frank Midas, 46, of Phillips Way, and Jodie L. Dickens, 34, who is from the same address but is in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on unrelated charges.

Midas was arraigned Tuesday before District Justice J.V. Lamb, who ordered him held in Lawrence County Jail on $205,000 bond.

Dickens will be extradited from Arizona.

Disturbance call

Mangino said New Castle police called to the disturbance on Aug. 2 discovered the methamphetamine-manufacturing lab and called in the Bureau of Narcotic Investigation Clandestine Laboratory Team from the state attorney general's office.

The drug, commonly referred to as crystal meth, is a crystal-like substance that can be produced by chemically changing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are drugs used to treat breathing and allergy problems.

King and Dickens have been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy and corruption of a minor.

Mangino said both also face charges of reckless endangering and causing or risking a catastrophe because the lab was very close to St. Francis Hospital and the Lawrence County Head Start program, which provides services to preschool children.

Dickens is also charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, Mangino said.




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