Three More Arrested in Brookville for Allegedly Manufacturing ‘Shake and Bake’ Meth

crime-newsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Three more people have been charged in alleged methamphetamine manufacturing that occurred in late December.

Through an investigation conducted by the Brookville Police Department and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, 25-year-old Faith Hollis, of Brookville; 40-year-old Candice McMillen, of Brookville; and 41-year-old Robert Alan Smith, of Brookville, have been arrested in connection to the manufacturing of methamphetamine that occurred on December 23, 2014, at a residence on Clark Street, in Brookville, Jefferson County.

Earlier in the investigation, 32-year-old Brian Siska, was arrested in connection with the above described drug bust.

According to court documents, Siska, (last known address – Windber, Pa.), was charged with the following 11 offenses described below, which include seven felonies:

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

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

Siska awaits a court date.

Defendant: Faith Hollis

Hollis faces the following eight charges:

– one count of Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– one count of Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Delivery, Felony
– one count of Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– one count of Conspiracy – Possession Red Phos, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substances, Felony
– one count of Possession Red Phos, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substances, Felony
– one count of Risking Catastrophe, Felony 3
– two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2

Hollis was arraigned on January 8, 2015.

Unable to post $25,000.00 bail (Monetary, 10%), she is lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on February 2, 2015, in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M Bazylak.

Defendant: Candice McMillen

The following eight charges have been filed against McMillen:

– one count of Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– one count Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– one count of Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– one count of Possession Red Phos, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substances, Felony
– one count of Conspiracy – Possession Red Phos, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substances, Felony
– one count of Risking Catastrophe, Felony 3
– two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2

McMillen was arraigned on January 9, 2015.

Unable to post $50,000.00 Monetary bail, she is confined to the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on February 2, 2015, in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M Bazylak.

Defendant: Robert Alan Smith

Smith has been charged with the following nine offenses:

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

Smith was arraigned on January 8, 2015.

Unable to post $100,000.00 bail, he was remanded to Jefferson County Jail.

Smith waived his preliminary hearing; he awaits a court date.

Smith is also facing charges in an unrelated case of Criminal Attempt – Criminal Homicide.

According to Brookville Police Department, Smith has been charged in a stabbing that occurred around 3:30 p.m. on December 27, 2014, in Brookville.

Following an investigation, Smith faces the following offenses in this case:

– one count of Criminal Attempt – Criminal Homicide, Felony 1
– one count of Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 3
– one count of Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
– one count of Aggravated Assault. Felony 2
– one count of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– one count of Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
– one count of Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Misdemeanor 3

According to court documents, charges were waived for court on January 8, 2015.

Methamphetamine Manufacturing Investigation Begins

Brookville Police, Jefferson County Drug Task Force, and Jefferson County Children and Youth Services conducted an investigation in which four individuals were allegedly cooking methamphetamine at a residence on Clark Street in Brookville.

Brookville Police Officer Markle advised of Manufacture of Methamphetamine in Clark Street Residence

According to a criminal complaint, on December 23, 2014, Brookville Police Officer Vince Markle received a call from Jefferson County Detective Guy Felmlee advising him to contact Children and Youth Services about children being endangered.

An anonymous caller reported observing an unknown male cooking methamphetamine in the kitchen of Faith Hollis’ residence at 31 Clark Street, Lot 8, Brookville, Pa. The caller identified himself as a former friend.

The complaint states that “the caller indicated the children were present. Faith Hollis got a ride home from work at McDonalds with an unknown female. When Faith and the unknown female entered the kitchen, the meth was still cooking. The caller reported that he saw this with his own eyes this morning (December 23, 2014) and stated that all the adults were smoking meth and injecting meth in front of the children. The caller reported seeing glass jars covered in white residue being taken out of the oven, funnels were present along with a red bottle containing an unknown substance. The house stank like ammonia and rotten eggs.”

Officer Markle and CYS Caseworker Visit Residence on Clark Street

Officer Markle and the Jefferson County CYS caseworker met at Hollis’ residence at 31 Clark Street, Lot #8. The caseworker knocked on the residence door; Faith Hollis answered the door, and the caseworker advised that she was with Jefferson County CYS, and Officer Markle was assisting her. Hollis told them to come inside her residence. Once inside the residence, the caseworker advised Hollis of the report she received that the children were being endangered by people making methamphetamine inside the residence with children present.

Hollis Provides Written Statement to Search Residence for Methamphetamine

Hollis gave Detective Guy Felmlee a written statement giving him, Officer Markle, and the CYS caseworker permission to search her residence for methamphetamine and manufacturing items.

After signing the permission to search, Hollis allegedly handed Officer Markle a silver grinder which had a white powder in it.

The CYS caseworker discovered a one gallon can of Coleman Camp fuel in the kitchen under the sink. She also located 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 under the bed of Smith and Hollis located in a pink plastic container. A digital scale was located on the dresser of Smith. 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, and the bottles having gas come out of them, and he located a clear plastic baggie with four lithium batteries broke apart in the other black trash can.

Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team Arrive on Scene

Detective Felmlee contacted members of the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team at approximately 5:00 p.m. on December 23, 2014.

The team located two sales receipts in an outside garbage can. The first receipt was from Ace Fix-it Hardware located in Brookville Borough. The receipt listed Household Lye Drain 1 lb. on it. The second receipt was from Lowes in Johnstown. It showed 1 Gal of Muriatic acid.

They also allegedly located in the house, inside the microwave, instructions on how to manufacture methamphetamine.

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

Officer Markle stated that 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 of other residental structures. Officer Markle stated that two children, ages 4 and 5, were present at 31 Clark Street, Lot# 8 while this methamphetamine laboratory was being operated.

Hollis Gives Voluntary Statement to Police

According to the criminal complaint, Hollis allegedly stated to Detective Felmlee that Brian Siska was cooking methamphetamine at her residence.

She was asked to report to the Brookville Police Station on December 24, 2014, to write a Voluntary Statement.

Hollis came to the Brookville Police Department on her own free will and wrote the following statement with Brookville Officer Samual Bartley present:

“Back in July 2014, Candice McMillen had me try Ice (meth). I bought some from her. I was not sure if she was the one making it or not at that time. She had me buy boxes of Sudafed and liquid fire around that time, but said it was for “Andy.” We went to the Corsica exit to give him the box of Sufaded and liquid fire. There was another guy with him, but I’m not sure who he was. We continued to buy boxes of Sudafed off and on from that time to the present. We went to Johnstown, Brookville, DuBois, and Clarion to buy things for them. About one week ago, we met Brian. He said he knew how to cook. Brian met Bob. Bob brought him to Brookville with intentions on wanting to learn how to make meth. The stores we went to are DuBois, Johnstown, Clarion Wal-Mart; DuBois, Johnstown, Rite Aids; DuBois Lowes and Rite Aid in Johnstown. We went to Bantley Hardware. Brian and “Amy” went to Gittlers in Johnstown for tubing as well. Brian said he would give us half gram for getting the stuff to make it. I don’t know how many times he actually made it in the past week or two. Everything they cooked/made it, I was at work. I said to Bob, ‘I did NOT want it made in my house, especially when my children were there.'”

“Candice and Brian both knew I didn’t want it done with them there. I was told they made it in the bathroom while the kids were either with their dad or in the bedroom. I said numerous times that it was not to be done in my house, and Candice even said that it would not be done there. Brian asked how I felt about it, and I said I didn’t want it done in the house again. I did not agree to it/with it. I had heard too much bad with the making of it. No one wanted to listen.”

“Brian was out to make money off of it. Bob did not want to make money; he wanted it for personal use. (A known male) bought a box as well as (another known male). I had found out that Brian had made it in my house with (the children) in the bedroom. I don’t want it done in my house again, and again I said Bob was the runner, and Brian and Candice made it. Brian was the main person making it from what I was told. He was talking to Candice about how she made it and was talking about exchanging recipes to make Brian’s better, Candice told us that no matter what Faith is not here/around when it is being done, I was at work and thought they found somewhere else to do it at.”

“On December 23, 2014, Candice brought me home from work and stayed. She and Brian were drinking beer, and Bob did some Meth with them, and I smoked some. My body was extremely exhausted, so I layed on the sofa bed around 7 am or so. I heard Bob get into the van and leave. He stated that I was going to lose my kids. Candice and Brian went up to Candice’s house and went to sleep. I took care of the kids and next thing I know the police and CYS was there. They searched the house, I told Officer and Detective that I didn’t know how to make it I just know the basic ingredients from buying stuff for Brian and Candice.”

In checking the (N)PLEX transaction history on Hollis, it was discovered that she bought Sudafed 10 times over a five month period.

McMillen Gives Voluntary Statement to Police

On December 23, 2014, Candice McMillen wrote the following Volunteer Statement with Officer Markle and Detective Felmlee present:

“I brought Faith Hollis home from work and came into her house because I found out her boyfriend Bob Smith and Brian Siska were cooking Meth. I smoked some with them ,went home. I took Brian because he offered me a bag if I took him back to Johnstown. He has the drugs on him and is at Bill’s Bar waiting. He hid the drugs somewhere around there. I smoked two days with them. I bought one box of Sudafed for him at Wal-Mart pharmacy in DuBois.”

Police Interview Robert Smith

At approximately 6:44 p.m. on December 23, Officer Markle provided Robert Smith with his Miranda Warnings verbally, at the Brookville Police Station. Smith stated he understood his rights and signed a Miranda Rights form stating that he understood. Smith stated that he would speak with Officer Markle without an attorney present. He allegedly stated that he had manufactured methamphetamine only a few times. He allegedly stated that he last cooked around 1:30 a.m. on December 23, 2014.

He allegedly told Officer Markle that he, Faith Hollis, Candice McMillen, and Brian Siska were the actors cooking the methamphetamine.

He allegedly told Officer Markle that he helped 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 31 Clark Street Lot #8, in Brookville.

In checking the (N)PLEX transaction history on Smith, it was discovered that he bought Sudafed 10 times over a five month period.

Officers Interview Brian Siska

Officer Markle, Detective Felmlee, Officer Turnbull, and Officer Humes went to Bill’s Bar at approximately 8:30 p.m. on December 23, 2014. Upon entering the bar, Officer Markle observed Siska sitting at the bar drinking a beer and texting on his phone. He advised Siska that he needed to speak with him
about an incident that occurred at 31 Clark Street Lot# 8 this date (December 23, 2014). Siska walked across the Street to the Brookville Police Station.

Detective Felmlee issued Siska his Miranda Warnings. He allegedly admitted to Detective Felmlee that he was trying to learn how to cook methamphetamine. He allegedly stated that he was holding different items to make the methamphetamine.

Siska was arraigned on December 24, 2014.

All four individuals are in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting court action.


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