Fugitive charged with meth lab operation

JERSEY SHORE — While searching for a fugitive inside a Wilson Street home on May 6, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police came upon a small clandestine methamphetamine lab operation, resulting in criminal charges against the tenant.

Lindsey Nicole Butler, 21, of 438 Wilson St., was taken into custody without incident after police said they seized several “items indicative of the manufacturing of methamphetamines” inside the home.

Police also found the fugitive, Skyler Holland, who was hiding in a room, according to an affidavit. She was wanted for drug offenses in Centre County and was turned over to authorities in that county.

Holland admitted that she and Butler had attempted to make methamphetamines in the last few days, but they were unsuccessful, police said. Holland’s age and address were not available Wednesday.

Officers also seized a handgun that was found in the house, police said, adding that charges were pending against Holland.

Butler was arraigned hours later before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges of manufacturing methamphetamines, illegal possession of liquefied ammonia gas, causing or risking a catastrophe, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy. She was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

This was the fourth clandestine methamphetamine lab area police found inside a home since November.

A South Williamsport couple was arrested for making meth in their home on Childs Drive after a fire broke out in their basement on Nov. 19. A month later, a 38-year-old heroin addict was arrested for making meth in a city home in the 300 block of Arch Street. In early March, Hughesville police found “a one-pot method for manufacturing meth in full operation” at 110 N. Broad St., resulting in the arrest of a 28-year-old man and his girlfriend.