Brookville Couple Jailed Following Meth Bust

arrestedBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville couple are facing charges after police allegedly found evidence of a meth lab at the residence where they were staying along Central Avenue in Brookville.

According to a criminal complaint, police allegedly found a number of items “which are combined to make methamphetamine” at a residence where Kelly Sue Kraus, 52, and Daniel L. Saylor, 45, were staying.

A witness reported suspicious activity at the residence to police around 5:17 p.m. on July 25, and police spoke with the owner of the property and another individual, who allowed police to search the property, the complaint states.

During a search of a shed near the property, police allegedly found three empty boxes of Claritin D, three empty Claritin D blister packs, one empty pseudoephedrine blister pack, an empty soda bottle, and a DuBois store receipt dated June 26, 2015, for the purchase of Claritin D. Near those items, an empty camp fuel container and a blue plastic funnel with white residue were also allegedly discovered, the complaint indicates.

In the basement of the residence, police allegedly found a bag of salt type material, an empty Claritin D box, three full blister packs of Claritin D containing a total of 30 tablets, and a Brookville grocery store receipt for the purchase of Claritin D, the complaint continues.

On the back porch of the residence police allegedly found a trash back with an empty salt container, three syringes inside a sausage wrapper, and a prescription for Saylor, the complaint states.

Two white plastic bags on the porch allegedly contained two empty camp fuel containers, two liter size plastic bottles, a salt type material, an instant ice compress, an Accu Therm cold pack, six empty Claritin D blister packs, four lithium battery casings, paper strips from lithium batteries, an empty lithium battery package, two used coffee filters with a red residue, and a used syringe, according to the complaint.

Police allegedly used a logging system which tracks the purchase of pseudoephedrine-based products to show Saylor purchased Claritin D at a DuBois store on June 26, and Kraus purchased Claritin D at a Brookville grocery store on July 2, “believed to be the same as the two receipts found” at the residence, the complaint states.

The same system allegedly showed Saylor purchased Claritin D on July 15 and June 9, and Kraus purchased Claritin D on June 10, the complaint indicates.

Officers did not find any evidence the property owner was involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, the complaint continues.

According to the criminal complaint, Officer Stormer “believes that Saylor and Kraus had purchased the precursors to manufacture methamphetamine and did operate a clandestine methamphetamine lab” at the residence and “placed used hazardous waste products into common garbage to eliminate or reduce evidence of such operations.” Subsequently, arrest warrants were issued for the suspects.

According to online court documents, they were arraigned before District Judge Gregory Bazylak in District Court 54-3-03 on July 28.

They each face the following charges:

  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, felony
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, misdemeanor
  • Knowingly possess ephedrine, misdemeanor
  • Possession of Red Phosphorus, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substances, felony
  • Operating a methamphetamine lab, second-degree felony
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person, second-degree misdemeanor
  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession, with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, felony

Unable to post bail of $100,000.00 each, they were placed in the Jefferson County Jail.

Kraus and Saylor are scheduled for preliminary hearings at 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on August 11, respectively, with Judge Bazylak presiding.


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