An Elkland man who allegedly cooked up several pounds of methamphetamine has been ordered by a judge to confinement at his grandparents' house until his trial.
Jesse S. Washburn, 25, must remain at John and Judy Bruce's residence until he goes to trial, U.S. Middle District Court Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle ordered Tuesday in Williamsport.
"We're friends of farmers," Bruce said during Washburn's detention hearing. "He can help them do hay."
Washburn received similar bail to that of his girlfriend, Nichole Perkins.
Washburn, Perkins and his brother, Nathan Washburn, have been indicted on charges of conspiracy and manufacturing and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
State troopers said they confiscated the drugs in the trailer last fall, but not before a chemical bomb exploded on the night of the raid causing injury to Jesse's face and body.
When she took the stand, his mother, who lives in a separate residence nearby on the same land, said she was surprised about the meth cooking operation. "We were away a lot," she said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Simmers has contended evidence shows that Washburn and Perkins' 3-year-old daughter were inside the trailer at the time of the explosion. Simmers considered Washburn to be a danger to the community because he was involved in making a chemical bomb and allowed a child to be around that kind of environment.
In announcing bail, Arbuckle said he considered Washburn's prior clean record and his grandparents' close ties to the community before making his decision.
"It's a close one," Arbuckle said.
Perkins remains under electronic monitoring at her parents' house in nearby Osceola.
Washburn's brother has not had a detention hearing to date, Simmers said.
The trial was scheduled for July, but delays have been requested.