Court Dates Continued for Clarion County Meth Ring Defendants

meth-bust-mugsCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Ten Clarion County individuals accused of being involved in the production and sale of methamphetamine have had their court cases continued to 2017.

All of the defendants requested continuances for plea court while appearing in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas on November 2, and President Judge James Arner granted them.

Clarion County Assistant District Attorney Sis Mizerock said she was ready to go to trial in December.

Mizerock also made a motion to consolidate the trials of three Rimersburg men, Justin McIntyre, Terry McIntyre, and Joseph McIntyre. She said all three face the same charges, and all 34 witnesses that could testify are the same.

“I don’t think multiple trials makes any sense,” Mizerock said.

Justin McIntyre’s attorney, Chris Martini, disagreed, saying his client doesn’t have as many charges and that it would prejudice the jury.

The three Rimersburg men, Terry McIntyre, Justin McIntyre, and Joseph McIntyre, are scheduled for plea court on January 4, 2017, the last day they can enter a plea.

Also, a status conference is scheduled for December 20 for the three Rimersburg men. All three are still lodged in Clarion County Jail.

For the seven others implicated in the meth ring, they have had their plea court dates postponed until February 1.

They include John McIntyre, of Clarion; Derick Fowler, of Rimersburg; Corrine Klein, of Clarion; Kayla Dunlap, of Parker; Chrystal Best, of Rimersburg; Tonya Barger, of Rimersburg; and Ashley Thompson, of Rimersburg.

According to a previously-published story on exploreclarion.com, the persons charged are accused of “cooking” Methamphetamine and supplying raw materials to Methamphetamine producers.

According to a criminal complaint, Clarion County Probation Officers Kerle and Bloom were searching for a female who was wanted on a warrant and discovered her at 20 Best Road in Rimersburg.

When they entered a trailer at this location, there were three mason jars with white powder residue sitting in plain view. Officer Kerle questioned a woman about what was in the mason jars, and she said it was meth residue. She also said that “Terry McIntyre and Justin McIntyre had been making Methamphetamine on the property. She indicated that sometimes they would make it outside, and other times they would make it in different campers or trailers on the property,” the complaint continues.

The complaint stated that Officer Kerle also saw a one gallon white plastic bottle that was identified as the bottle that was used to “gas the meth.” Officer Kerle found plastic tubing and the cap to the gallon bottle in the bathroom. He also located a green plastic bottle that had a white chunky substance in it inside the bathroom.

The complaint indicates that “Terry McIntyre and Kayla Dunlap were passed out in a Ford van on the property, and Tonya Barger was in a camper trailer. Justin McIntyre, who is on state parole, came out of one of the mobile homes upon their arrival. A small vial with white powder residue was found in his pocket,” the complaint indicates.

As a result of his findings, Officer Kerle informed Clarion County Chief Detective William H. Peck and a PSP trooper, both of CNET, of a suspected Methamphetamine lab on the property.

A search warrant was obtained, and members of the Pa. State Police Clandestine Lab team served the warrant, according to the complaint.

Several “one-pot” Methamphetamine labs, Methamphetamine oil, “gas generators,” Coleman fuel, pill grinders, silver vials with white residue, drain cleaner, Pseudoephedrine, and cut lithium batteries were discovered during the search. All of these items were located in several different locations at 20 Best Road. These items are commonly found in a “one-pot” or “shake-n-bake” Methamphetamine lab, the complaint states.

The following items were located in the van that Terry McIntyre and Kayla Dunlap were found passed out in:

– one gallon of camp fuel
– Ronsonal lighter fuel
– Allergy Relief (15 tablets)
– two pill grinders with residue
– pack of four AAA Energizer Ultimate Lithium Advance batteries (unopened)
– and metal containers with white residue.

During the investigation it was learned that the suspects – at various times – purchased Claritin D, a generic form of Pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, cold compresses, Coleman fuel, and other items needed to manufacture Methamphetamine.

Additionally, a known individual told authorities that he/she witnessed “Justin McIntyre, Joseph McIntyre, Terry McIntyre, and Derick Fowler manufacture Methamphetamine,” according to the complaint.

It was also learned that two children – ages one and three – were present when Methamphetamine was manufactured in a structure.


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