- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

March 7, 2014

Rock Twp. man facing meth lab charges

SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP — A Slippery Rock Township man has been charged with operating a meth lab in places including a Butler motel after a confidential informant helped authorities build their case against him.

Joseph Edward Teare, 25, of 113 Rolling Acres Lane, is in Butler County Jail following his Feb. 12 preliminary hearing with District Judge Timothy Shaffer, Slippery Rock.

He was unable to post bond after all charges against him were waived to the Butler County Court of Common Pleas: three counts of manufacture, deliver or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, two counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, and one count each of operating a methamphetamine lab, possessing red phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, risking a catastrophe and conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

Teare was charged Feb. 12 by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

According to the affidavit by Douglas C. Brink, a narcotics agent with the office's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations and Drug Control:

At the time of the investigation, Teare was living at Michael's Motel, Butler, with his girlfriend, a 21-year-old Butler woman, and Brink was researching the drug activities of the pair and others in Butler County.

A confidential informant told Brink on Oct. 22 that he saw a man known as "Joe" cooking meth at a Portersville apartment on Perry Highway, and he was willing to sell the drug to the informant.

"Joe," who was later identified as Teare and living at the apartment at that time with his girlfriend, sold one gram of meth to the informant for $100 on Oct. 23; Brink and another agent were parked in front of the apartment, and the substance later tested positive for meth.

On Jan. 28, Teare and a male acquaintance bought Sudafed and three cans of gel fuel from a Butler store. The informant called Teare later that day to arrange a sale, and they met at Teare's motel room, where the informant bought meth for $100. It later tested positive for meth.

The informant told the agent parked outside the motel that Teare appeared to have been cooking meth inside the motel room, and authorities received a similar report Jan. 29.

Authorities were parked at the motel that morning and saw Teare, his girlfriend and the male acquaintance drive to a nearby store and return with items including funnels.

The trio left the motel and when they stopped at a nearby gas station, Teare was taken into custody, and he had several grams of suspected meth in his pocket.

Teare admitted to cooking meth in the motel and said the components of his meth lab were in his girlfriend's car.

A search of the motel room turned up remains of a meth lab including lithium batteries, filters, used gel fuel cans and a used cooking vessel with sludge.

Items found in the car included more materials used in making meth: petroleum distillates, a pill grinder, ammonium nitrate, pseudoephedrine, sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid.

Authorities seized at least 506 grams of meth.

The affidavit indicates Teare's girlfriend and the male acquaintance were also taken into custody, but they have yet to be charged, according to online court records.

Published Feb. 22, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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