Tioga woman charged with manufacturing crystal meth

ELKLAND – Brooke M. Draper, 30, of 238 Bear Creek Lane, Tioga, was charged recently with operating a methamphetamine lab by Elkland Borough Police.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Edgcomb’s office, police found the lab on June 28 after a lengthy investigation by both New York and Pennsylvania police agencies.

On Aug. 29, Draper was charged with operating a meth lab, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with criminal intent and illegal disposal of meth waste.

Police said in June they found several items in the trunk of Draper’s vehicle that co-defendant Jeffrey S. Deitrick, 21, of Elkland, who was arrested and charged by New York State Police, had allegedly placed in the trunk.

According to police, Draper’s car was found with a black backpack containing lighter fluid and another bag containing gloves, tubing and what appeared to be other meth-making materials.

Draper allegedly confessed to police that she knew what the materials were for and where they had come from and that she had been providing pseudoephedrine to individuals in exchange for meth and using the items in the back to manufacture meth with another person.

According to police, Deitrick allegedly told police that the day he was arrested, Draper used materials including pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth “on the hill” up from her residence.

He said that Draper left with the materials in a bag and returned with a vial of meth, after which she said she needed to pack up all the paraphernalia as Child Protective Services was “after her.”

Draper was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail, and her preliminary hearing set for Thursday.