Police: Meth lab found in downtown apartment

From staff reports

A Greencastle man was charged after a meth lab was found at his home at 43 W. Baltimore St., Apt 2, last week, according to Greencastle police.

Leon Chalmers Deardorff, 35, is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance; possession of a number of materials with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; operating a methamphetamine lab; and risking a catastrophe. A number materials and chemicals can be combined to produce meth and are capable of causing a fire explosion, according to charging documents.

Greencastle police were called at 10:15 p.m. July 20 to assist an agent from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Probation and Parole, who stopped by to check on Deardorff, noticed a chemical smell and saw what appeared to be a meth lab.

The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team was called in and the apartment searched.

“Recovered were numerous items indicative of a methamphetamine lab including but not limited to three ‘one pot’ generators, salt, lithium batteries, both intact and cut open with the lithium strips removed, coffee filters, drain opener and chemical cold packs.”

Bail was denied by Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham and Deardorff’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Aug. 1.