UPDATE: Brookville Man Faces Preliminary Hearing for Two Meth Lab Busts

Legal-scales-books-gavel-Image-1024x681[1]JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville man is facing a preliminary hearing stemming from meth lab busts in Glen Campbell and Brookville.

According to court documents, on February 9, criminal charges were filed against 38-year-old Jason Troy Bingaman, of Brookville, stemming from a meth lab bust that occurred on Graham Street, in Glen Campbell.

PSP CLRT Discovers Meth Lab in Glen Campbell

According to a criminal complaint, on December 31, 2015, at 1:28 p.m., PA Constable Paul Pape contacted PSP Punxsutawney via phone. He advised that he was at 96 Graham Street in Glen Campbell Borough serving an arrest warrant on Jordan Pavalak and discovered what he thought to be a Methamphetamine lab.

The complaint states that authorities arrived on the scene and viewed several plastic bottles consistent with a one pot Methamphetamine production located on the back porch. They further advised that three females and two males were present when they arrived and that the males fled on foot.

The complaint indicates that the tenant of the residence consented to a search of the property, and numerous items consistent with a one pot Methamphetamine production were discovered. Pennsylvania State Police CLRT (Clandestine Lab Response Team) were contacted.

Three interviews were conducted at the scene. One known woman indicated that “she did not know who was cooking meth, but assumed that it was Jason Bingaman and Brandon Gromley since they were there and ran when the Constables came,” the complaint continues.

Another woman at the scene told officers that “Jason Bingaman and a known man had been cooking meth and has done 2 or 3 cooks at the house within the past two weeks.” She indicated that “he cooks somewhere else also, but she wasn’t sure where. She also said that she has purchased cold pills for (Bingaman) in the past, and the most recent of which was last week. She further advised that (Bingaman) sells meth to people…but she didn’t know any of the people,” the complaint states.

A third woman who was interviewed indicated that “Jason Bingaman and another guy had been cooking meth at (the Graham Street location) for the past two days, and that “they had been cooking elsewhere, but when it got cold, they brought the stuff to (the Graham Street location). She advised that they have done two or three pots in the past two days. She advised that (Bingaman) uses a lot of meth and also sells some and that she has purchased cold pills for him in the past, but claims to not know what the pills were for when she bought them.” She said Bingaman would “give her money to buy pills, then pay her with money or Heroin for buying the pills for him. She further advised that she has done three shots of (Bingaman’s) meth in the past two days,” according to the complaint.

The complaint indicates that the scene was photographed by members of the CLRT, and the following list of evidence was transported to the Greensburg Crime lab for analysis:

1. Three plastic bottles suspected acid generators, 1/4 full of crystal substance
2. One Gatorade bottle containing suspect one pot, 1/4 full gray substance
3. Two energizer Lithium batteries and one Ultimate Lithium Advanced
4. Seven Suboxone foil packs unopened
5. Five Glassine packets containing suspect Heroin
6. Eighteen green oval pills marked S-902
7. Six syringes, two spoons, and one straw
8. Visa Debit card, (owner-known woman)
9. One Sudafed 24 hours full unopened
10. Indicia, access card, (Jason Bingman); Indicia, (owner-another known woman)
11. Two one gallon cans of Coleman fuel
12. Two 32 oz. bottles Liquid Lightning drain opener
13. One Roebic crystal drain opener, two lbs.
14. Equate cold compress (four) and packaging
15. Pill grinder
16. Ten AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
17. Two plastic tubing with bottle caps and one tubing without cap
18. Funnels, scales, assorted tools, and paraphernalia
19. Plastic Ziploc baggies
20. Gatorade bottle suspected one pot
21. Three 2 liter Gatorade bottles with dark gray sludge residue
22. Four 20 oz. Gatorade bottles with acid residue
23. 32 oz. Liquid Lightning drain opener (empty)
24. Five assorted empty lye bottles
25. 32 oz. empty Liquid Lightning bottle
26. Twelve empty Sudafed 24 hours packs
27. Stripped Energizer Lithium batteries
28. Eleven Equate and two empty cold packs
29. Indicia (owner-known woman) and WalMart receipt

A check of NPLEX (National Precursor Log Exchange) Pseudoephedrine logs reflects recent purchases of 2.4 grams of Pseudoephedrine “Sudafed 24 hr.” by Jason Bingaman at WalMart Pharmacy in Punxsutawney on December 8, 2015, and December 21, 2015.

On January 7, 2016, at approximately 3:48 p.m., the tenant at the Graham Street residence told officers that “Jason Bingaman was at the residence on December 31, 2015, but he ran out the back door….She also indicated that he is on the lease.” She told officers that “Jason Bingaman, (a known man), and Jordan Pavalak were the ones cooking the meth at this residence. Jason cooked meth here at least three or four times in December,” the complaint states.

The tenant also said that Bingaman had been in Brookville at a house that got busted for meth on December 14, 2015. Prior to December 14, 2015, the tenant “observed Bingaman leaving the Glen Campbell residence with a plastic tote containing Methamphetamine precursor chemicals. On December 15, 2015, the tenant picked up Bingaman in Brookville and returned to the Glen Campbell residence where Bingaman continued to cook Methamphetamine,” the complaint continues.

On January 11, 2016, the lab results were received from the Greensburg Crime lab for the evidence seized in this case. The results are summarized as follows:

The items seized in this case contain all of the precursors and reagents required to manufacture Methamphetamine from Pseudoephedrine via the “one pot” method. In addition, the following controlled substances were found:

1. .08 grams of Heroin, a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance
2. Alprazolam, Schedule IV
3. 714 grams of a base Pseudoephedrine mixture containing Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance

Charges for Glen Campbell Meth Bust

Based on the information gathered during the investigation, the following charges were filed against Bingaman:

  • 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 2
  • Deposits, Stores, Disposes Chemical Waste, Felony 3 (two counts)
  • Possession Red Phosphorus, etc w/Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
  • Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Charges for Brookville Meth Bust

Bingaman was arraigned in front of Judge Bazylak on January 28 for the incident in Brookville on 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 2
  • Deposits, Stores, Disposes Chemical Waste, Felony 3 (two counts)
  • Possession Red Phosphorus, etc w/ Intent to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Felony
  • Knowingly Possessing Ephedrine, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Bingaman was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail following the January 28th arraignment. His bail was set at $100,000.00.

He faces a preliminary hearing for both cases in front of Judge Bazylak at 1:30 p.m. on March 8.


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