State College man arrested, charged with running meth lab in Park Forest house

A State College man was arrested Tuesday after local police and state narcotics agents were tipped off that he allegedly was manufacturing methamphetamine in a Ferguson Township home in which he was an invited house guest.

David Patrick Brady, 31, was allegedly producing methamphetamine at 103 Cherry Ridge Road, Ferguson Township, Police Chief Diane Conrad said.

Brady was charged with one count of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste; and one count of criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.

He was arraigned Tuesday and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. Brady will be prosecuted by Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.

In a criminal complaint filed in Centre County Court, police said Brady’s girlfriend notified him that police were at the Cherry Ridge Road home. Brady told his girlfriend that 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 the 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.

Hartley Kinsey said his family was hosting Brady at their home, where Brady allegedly attempted to make the drug.

“I suppose, officially, the theory there was that it was shake and bake,” Kinsey said. “I don’t think he was successful, but we found evidence that it was at least attempted.”

“Shake and bake” is a one-pot method for making methamphetamine, said Anthony Sassano, regional director with the local attorney general’s office.

Kinsey said seven people were living in his home at the time, including a friend of his son’s who was between jobs and living situations. Andrew Kinsey, Hartley’s oldest son, said Brady was the only nonfamily member living in the house at the time.

On Tuesday morning, Hartley Kinsey said, Andrew found a can of Drano that was cut open and other items used to make meth in the garage.

Andrew Kinsey said he “figured out what was happening and immediately called police.”

“That was the first sign and authorities were immediately called,” Hartley Kinsey added. “I don’t think he was successful. The hearsay is that he was attempting to make it, but didn’t go further than that.”

Kinsey said family members quickly decided to call authorities and get his family out of the home.

“For safety sake we wanted to make sure everyone was out of the home and alert police,” he said. “We have a big house and sometimes have people come and go, and you want to think the best of people, but it don’t always work that way.”

Sassano said Brady told police a small fire broke out overnight before the incident was reported. No one was injured.

Several officers reportedly responded to the home. The attorney general’s team was notified by Ferguson Township police following the resident’s notification.

According to the criminal complaint, a narcotics officer found on the property items used in meth manufacturing such as sliced lithium batteries in the yard, and an empty bottle of drain cleaner, an empty package of cold compresses and fuel oil in the garage.

Brady also allegedly dumped meth-related items on Valley Vista Drive nearby, according to the criminal complaint.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in a news release that the lab bust is part of a larger investigation in central Pennsylvania “that seeks to identify individuals who purchase large quantities of meth-related ingredients, especially cold medications containing pseudoephedrine.”

Conrad said police are still investigating the situation.

“(Meth is) so easy to make because it’s all over the Internet. It’s so dangerous and so horrible,” Kinsey said. “We’re lucky it didn’t go further.”