Duo arrested in Pittston after alleged meth lab was discovered by police

By Melanie Mizenko - mmizenko@timesleader.com and Travis Kellar - tkellar@timesleader.com | February 16th, 2017 7:32 am

PITTSTON — Two Pittston residents were arrested Wednesday after police allegedly discovered a meth lab when a search warrant was executed on South Main Street.

Police said Samantha Shaw and Nicholas Space were arrested around 3 p.m. as part an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing.

Shaw, 21, and Space, 23, were arrested in Apartment 1 of 109 S. Main St. on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, operating a methamphetamine lab, and several related charges. Investigators from the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force and Pittston City Police Department along with Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, recovered large quantities of materials used for the manufacturing of meth from the residence.

According to the criminal complaint, some of the materials allegedly obtained were pseudoephedrine, sodium hypochlorate, denatured alcohol, and several manufacturing vessels.

Officials spoke with Kelsea Flynn, who police said was in the residence at the time officers raided the house. Flynn told police she was at the residence because she needed a place to stay.

While at the residence, police said Flynn learned that Shaw and Space learned how to cook meth from a friend and had been cooking the substance since January.

During an interview with police, Shaw allegedly told police she learned how to cook meth on the Internet, and that they obtained pseudoephedrine from pharmacies. Shaw then requested to have her attorney present, according to the complaint.

During his interview with police, Space allegedly told police he learned how to cook meth from a friend named “Adam” who had since died of a heroin overdose.

Space also allegedly told investigators he would have multiple people purchase materials from a variety of stores and hardware stores, and that he would discard waste materials in random dumpsters or trash receptacles.

Space also allegedly said that he sold meth approximately five times for profit, but would often exchange the drug for boxes of pseudoephedrine.

Shaw and Space were arraigned in front of District Judge Alexandra Kokura-Kravitz where they were transported to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for failure to post $150,000 bail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. March 1 in front of Kokura-Kravitz.


By Melanie Mizenko

mmizenko@timesleader.com and Travis Kellar


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