2016-02-04 / Front Page

Police Seek Man In Meth Lab Operation

Andrew Whalen wanted for operating a meth lab
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg are looking for information that will lead them to a Wells Township man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab from his Cove Road mobile home.

A criminal complaint was filed Monday through the office of Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne against 31-year-old Andrew Raymond Whalen of 419 Cove Road, Wells Tannery, who is currently being sought on a felony warrant. Charges against Whalen include possession of red phosphorous, etc., with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; operating a methamphetamine lab; risking catastrophe; operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste; knowingly possessing ephedrine; possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Trooper David S. Miller of the Bedford barracks attempted to serve several traffic bench warrants on Whalen at his home on October 23, 2015. After 15 minutes of attempting to get anyone to answer the home’s door, a neighbor reportedly told the trooper he observed a man jump out a rear window of the trailer and flee on foot through his yard.

Whalen’s mother, state police said, eventually answered the door and consented to allow Trooper Miller to search the residence, the affidavit said. Inside Whalen’s bedroom, the trooper allegedly found plastic tubing taped to a soda bottle cap on the bed, a clear pill grinder containing white powder on the top shelf of the closet and numerous lithium batteries and empty Sudafed packets.

Additional state police troopers were called to the home based on Trooper Miller’s findings. In addition, a helicopter unsuccessfully searched the area for Whalen. After a search warrant was obtained, items were seized and tested by the state police laboratory.

A drug identification report was received, the charging documents indicate, and the items seized were consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine using the “one pot method.”

Whalen is described as a white 5-foot, 5-inch male weighing 165 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

Anyone having further information pertinent to Whalen’s whereabouts is asked to call the McConnellsburg state police barracks at 717-485-3131.

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