Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Police Find Mobile Meth Lab in Walmart Parking Lot

This sounds like a scene from the show "Breaking Bad." Police found a mobile meth lab in a Walmart parking lot in rural Saint Clair (Schuylkill County) on Sunday morning, reports The Scranton Times-Tribune.

The lab was discovered at 5 a.m. while officers were investigating a separate incident, involving a hit and run.

Unlike the hit TV show "Breaking Bad," the meth lab wasn't operating out of a trailer. It was operating out of a Ford Windstar, which had been struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Police found Felix Ferrer Jr. sleeping inside the Ford Windstar. They also allegedly found an operational methamphetamine lab and were able to see and smell the meth product, according to The Times-Tribune.

Ferrer could potentially face felony drug charges. He was taken into custody based on bench warrants from Berks County for separate drug-related charges.

In Pennsylvania, drug trafficking and distribution falls under the charge of "Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance." Controlled substances are defined under a classification system outlined in the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

A solid case and conviction for drug trafficking in Pennsylvania requires that the prosecutor prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant manufactured, grew or obtained the drug and had the intent to deliver the drug (or actually delivered it) to another person in Pennsylvania.

Drug manufacturing is a lesser charge than drug trafficking. It is generally a misdemeanor and can come with a few years in prison.

While police called HazMat crews to take evidence from the scene, it was business as usual Monday morning at Walmart, as holiday shopping remained in full swing.

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