Man Arrested in Brookville for Manufacturing ‘Shake and Bake’ Meth; Child Endangerment

handcuffsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Brookville Police, Jefferson County Drug Task Force, and Jefferson County Children and Youth Services conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of a 32-year-old man.

According to Brookville Borough Police, four individuals were allegedly cooking methamphetamine at a residence on Clark Street in Brookville.

According to court documents, one of suspects, 32-year-old Brian Siska (last known address – Windber, Pa.) was charged with the following offenses:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Manufacture of Methamphetamine – Child Present, Felony 3
– Possession Red Phos, etc. w/Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
– Risking Catastrophe, Felony 3
– 2 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Conspiracy – Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Conspiracy – Poss Red Phos, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
– Conspiracy – Manufacture of Methamphetamine – Child Present, Felony 3

Children and Youth Services Contacts Officials on Child Endangerment

On December 23, 2014, Brookville Police Officer Markle received a call from Jefferson County Detective Felmlee to contact Children and Youth Services about children being endangered.

A CYS worker advised Officer Markle that she received a call from a known man advising that methamphetamine was being made at a Clark Street location. The known male reported to the CYS worker that he observed the methamphetamine being made at the house while small children were in the house.

Officer Markle and the CYS worker arrived at the residence, and a known woman gave a written statement giving permission for the officials to search her residence for methamphetamine and manufacturing items.

Police Search Clark Street Residence for Methamphetamine and Manufacturing Items

The known woman handed Officer Markle a silver grinder which had a white powder in it.

The CYS worker discovered a one gallon can of Coleman camp fuel in the kitchen under the sink and a Mason jar with a clear fluid with what appeared to have a white substance mixed with it in the kitchen cupboard above the sink.

Officer Markle located a blue pipe with what appeared to have burnt marijuana in it. This item was found in a pink plastic container under a bed.

A digital scale was located on a dresser in the residence. The scale appeared to be a cellular phone.

Officer Markle found four plastic bottles with residue. These items were found outside the residence in a large black garbage can. Officer Markle observed plastic hoses coming out of the top of each bottle. He observed the bottles having gas come out of them. He located a clear plastic baggie with four lithium batteries broken apart in the other black trash can.

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team located two sales receipts. The first receipt was from Ace Fix-It Hardware located in Brookville Borough. The receipt had the following items listed on it – Household Lye Drain 1 lb. The second receipt was from Lowes in Johnstown – Gal muriatic acid.

They also located a list of directions in the house showing how to manufacture methamphetamine.

Police Seize Items Commonly Used in “Shake and Bake Method” of Methamphetamine Manufacturing

According to police, the items seized are commonly used in the “one pot” or “shake and bake” method of methamphetamine manufacturing. (One pot methamphetamine laboratories are highly unstable and can catch fire and or explode unexpectedly.) The residence in which this laboratory was discovered sits in very close proximity to other residential structures. Two children ages 4 and 5 were present at the Clark Street location while this methamphetamine laboratory was being operated.

Police Determine Actors Involved in Cooking Methamphetamine

During the interview, the known man who reported the meth lab, stated that he had manufactured methamphetamine only a few times, and they last cooked on December 23, 2014, at approximately 1:30 a.m. The known man stated that he, two known women, and 32-year-old Brian Siska were the actors cooking the methamphetamine.

The known man stated that he helped Brian Siska cook two shaker bottles of methamphetamine between the hours of 7:00 p.m. on December 22 and 2:00 a.m. on December 23 at the Clark Street residence.

The known woman stated that Brian Siska was cooking methamphetamine at her residence.

Siska Arrested for Drug Manufacturing

Siska allegedly admitted to Detective Felmlee that he was trying to learn how to cook methamphetamine and that he was holding different items to make the methamphetamine.

Siska was arraigned on December 24, 2014, on 11 offenses described above, which include seven felonies.

Unable to post $200,000.00 bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on January 8, 2015, in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak.

No information has been released on the other three actors.

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