A State College man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in the Park Forest neighborhood of Ferguson Township now faces possible trial on the charges and a stay in county jail while he waits.
David P. Brady, 31, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday on felony charges of possession of precursors to make meth and dumping methamphetamine waste and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brady was arrested last week after local police and state narcotics agents were tipped off that he was allegedly making the drug in a Park Forest home where he was staying as a guest.
He initially remained free after being released on $25,000 unsecured bail and was present in the courtroom Wednesday in street clothes.
At the request of prosecutors, however, District Judge Tom Jordan raised Brady’s bail to $50,000 straight. As a result, Brady was taken into custody and placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility, court officials said.
Brady is represented by public defender Casey McClain.
Police wrote in charging documents that Brady told his girlfriend he was forced to make the meth by a man only described in the police report as “Keith.”
Brady said Keith threatened to kill his girlfriend and her daughter if he didn’t produce the drug, according to a complaint.
Brady surrendered at the State College office of the state attorney general’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, which, along with local authorities, continues to investigate.
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