SALEM TOWNSHIP — For people who live in the Berwick area, they say a meth lab bust isn’t anything new.
But for neighbors like Beth Ann Goetz, it hit a little too close to home this time around.
She’s lived on East 2nd Street for 34 years, and never remembers there being drug problems here.
“It’s scary when it’s a couple doors down from you and to think that, that could blow up and virtually take the whole neighborhood with it,” Goetz said.
Agents from the Attorney General’s Office, along with Berwick and Salem Township police took five people into custody.
Investigators say they found a meth lab in operation inside of the Salem Township duplex.
They also found equipment and components needed to make meth using the “one-point” method.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, “when using the one-pot method methamphetamine cooks and combines a series of ingredients into one container and the chemical reaction that ensues leaves a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject,” a news release said.
Jessica Brudnak, 30, and Brent Harvey, 31, were charged with the following: one count of possession with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, one county of manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of pre-cursor chemicals, one count of risking a catastrophe, one count of conspiracy and one count of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste.
According to the affidavit of probable cause Brudnak and Harvey admitted to not just making meth, but also routinely throwing the waste from the methamphetamine process into the trash.
They also said they sold and traded methamphetamine to help support their heroin habit.
People who live in the area say they’re upset that people were making drugs in what they consider a quiet neighborhood.
“I’m not too happy with it. This is a very quiet residential street and we do have some children around here so it’s very concerning,” Goetz said.
The man who owns the raided property says he’s happy police rounded up these suspects.
He added this wasn’t the first problem he’s had with the tenants living on the other side of his duplex home.
“The people who were actually living there broke into my side into the basement while I was at work. I’ve been working nights, so they cleared my house out,” the owner said.
Three other people who were picked up following the bust were later released.
Police say this investigation is still ongoing.
Bail for Jessica Brudnak and Brent Harvey was set at $100,000.
Both are due back in court for a preliminary hearing on May 14.