2 charged with running meth lab in basement

ELKLAND Two people were charged following a meth lab bust in Tioga recently.

According to documents filed at District Judge C. Roger McRae, state police launched an investigation into the activities of Michael T. Gilbert, 55, and John L. Janelli, 48, both of 62 Hillview Lane, Tioga, after neighbors complained of suspicious activity at the residence, including a noxious odor coming from the basement, which was vented using fans.

Police initiated a search of the residence March 30, and subsequently charged both men with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of meth, possession of liquefied ammonia gas, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as risking a catastrophe by having various dangerous chemicals including a pot reaction vessel used in the manufacture of meth.

During the search police said they found meth in the master bedroom of the home, along with pot and other drug paraphernalia, plus other items used in the manufacture of meth including lithium batteries, lye, Coleman fuel, drain opener, cold packs, ammonium nitrate, tools for stripping batteries, stripped lithium batteries, empty pseudoephedrine blister packs, digital scales, Baggies for packaging, and spoons and pipes for smoking.

Both were jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail and their preliminary hearings set for April 8.