Brookville Woman Charged in Meth Lab Bust… After Calling to Report Meth Lab

Police sirenBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A second person has been arrested in connection with an October 11 meth lab bust in Brookville Borough, Jefferson County.

According to a criminal complaint filed at Magisterial Judge Gregory M. Bazylak’s Office, Brookville Police Department was dispatched to a residence at 94 Crestwood Circle on Sunday, October 11, after receiving a call reporting suspected methamphetamine production.

Brookville Police officers were met by the caller, 21-year-old Sarah Knapp, who stated that she had been away since October 6 and upon her return located what she believed to be evidence of methamphetamine production.

Knapp indicated that the only other person who had access to the house was 23-year-old Cody J. Ferringer of Templeton.

Police say items related to the production of methamphetamine were removed from the home with assistance from members of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, Jefferson County EMA, and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team.

Ferringer was interviewed by Brookville Police on October 12 at which point it was determined that he purchased products related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, including camping fuel, lithium batteries, and pseudoephedrine.

Further investigation revealed that Ferringer purchased pseudoephedrine at Clarion Walmart on five occasions between August 20 and October 9.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferringer told police that he “would purchase some or all of the necessary ingredients” to manufacture methamphetamine and then give them to Sarah Knapp in exchange for methamphetamine.

Ferringer told police that he does not know if Knapp actually “cooked” methamphetamine because he “never saw her do it.”

Charges were subsequently filed against Ferringer and he was placed in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $125,000 cash bail.

The criminal complaint states that Brookville Police interviewed Sarah Knapp later that day.

Knapp initially stated that she had no knowledge of the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the residence; however, she later told police that she is a methamphetamine user. She stated that she supplied Ferringer and another man with the precursors to manufacture methamphetamine.

The following charges were subsequently filed against Knapp:

  • Possession Red Phosphorus, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony (5 counts)
  • Risking Catastrophe, Felony 3 (5 counts)
  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (5 counts)
  • Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg, Felony
  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Operating a methamphetamine lab, Felony 2
  • Deposits, stores, disposes chemical waste, Felony 3
  • Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor (4 counts)

Knapp was placed in the Jefferson County Jail after failing to post $125,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for December 3 before Magisterial Judge Gregory M. Bazylak.

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