Punxsy Man Allegedly Cooked Meth to ‘Stay Out of Jail’

meth-bustPUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A Punxsutawney man is awaiting a preliminary hearing after being jailed on methamphetamine-related charges.

Punxsutawney Borough Police filed the charges against 32-year-old Peter John Base on April 26.

According to a criminal complaint filed at District Judge Douglas Chambers’ office, the investigation was initiated on April 25 after police received a call indicating that methamphetamine was being manufactured at a Perry Street residence.

Around 6:15 p.m., a search of the residence was executed by the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.

The team found various items used to manufacture methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia was located in Base’s bedroom.

Other residents at the home reported noticing the odor of “fuel” and “alcohol” coming from the basement on separate occasions.

One resident said he purchased Sudafed for Base in mid-April. Base allegedly stated that he needed the medicine for a sinus issue.

Additionally, a white powder substance found in the Base’s bedroom was sent to the Erie Crime Lab where it tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Base allegedly told his sister that he was “making methamphetamine, so he could get money to pay his fines so he did not go to jail.”

Base is facing the following charges:

  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Operating a Methamphetamine Lab, Felony 3
  • Deposits, Stores, Disposes Chemical Waste, Felony 3
  • Possession of Red Phosphorus, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
  • Knowingly Possess Ephedrine, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

He was placed in the Jefferson County Jail after failing to post $50,000.00 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is slated for May 23 before Judge Chambers.


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