Robert Matthew Stewart, 22, David Lane, Somerset, was charged by state police with criminal conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, both felonies.
In September a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources maintenance man found a bag containing cut lithium battery shells and multiple empty blister packs of Sudafed from CVS and a receipt, according to a probable-cause affidavit. The bag was found near a reservoir about a half-mile from Stewart’s residence.
The receipt was traced back to Stewart, police said.
Stewart resided with two people who have been charged with operating a methamphetamine lab in an apartment along South Vincent Avenue in Somerset Borough, police said.
State police charged Samantha McKenzie, 18, and Justin Dale Carr, 21, with operating a meth lab on Jan. 14. Carr’s arrest in an unrelated matter earlier in the day led police to the apartment, where they found four working highly volatile one-bottle meth labs, police said.
According to court documents, McKenzie and Carr were using lithium from batteries, Coleman fuel, kerosene, cold medication and other volatile substances.
Police said they found several instances of someone with the surname Stewart purchasing Sudafed in local pharmacies. Stewart voluntarily went to the Somerset state police barracks for an interview and told police that McKenzie and Carr were living with him. He bought Sudafed for them multiple times, according to the affidavit.
McKenzie waived her right to a preliminary hearing and will face multiple charges in Somerset County court.
Carr is in the Somerset County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 12 before Johnson.