Meadville Tribune

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September 25, 2013

Police say women had mobile meth lab

MEADVILLE — Two women are jailed on Meadville Police charges in connection with an alleged methamphetamine laboratory and for one of the suspects it’s her second methamphetamine arrest in the city in four months.

Devanie Marie Coudriet, 32, who had no address, and Ashley Marie Stewart, 23, of 15295 Sheets Road, Guys Mills, were arraigned Wednesday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm on multiple charges. Both were committed to the Crawford County jail in Saegertown in lieu of bond following their 30-minute joint arraignment.

Coudriet had been free on bond awaiting trial in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on charges in connection with a suspected methamphetamine case in Meadville in June.

Assistant Chief of Police Michael Tautin said Meadville Police received a tip about a white minivan in Meadville being operated as a mobile methamphetamine laboratory. The van was spotted by officers at 9:38 a.m. and stopped for traffic violations near Water and Arch streets.

Once stopped, Patrolman Jared Frum spotted suspected elements used to make the drug inside the van. The van was impounded and taken to Meadville Police’s parking lot where agents from the Pennsylvania Office Attorney General’s mobile methamphetamine task force were summoned to process the van.

At Wednesday’s arraignment for Stewart and Coudriet, Frum told Chisholm he had received a tip from Vernon Township Police about the van and suspected methamphetamine activity Tuesday in the township.

Frum said there were items in the van associated with the one pot method used to make methamphetamine. The one pot method often uses 2-liter soda bottles, batteries and cold packs.

Coudriet is the alleged owner of the van, Frum said at the arraignment.

Coudriet is charged by Meadville Police with six counts in connection with Wednesday’s arrest.

She is charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory; manufacture of methamphetamine; possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals; causing or risking a catastrophe; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

If convicted in county court on all counts, Coudriet faces a maximum of 61 years in prison and $270,000 in fines. If convicted of manufacture of methamphetamine, the charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in jail.

Stewart is charged with criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy of possession of liquefied ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals.

If convicted in county court on both counts, Stewart faces a maximum of 17 years in jail and $115,000 in fines.

Coudriet had been free on bond in connection with her June 14 arrest on Meadville Police charges of possession of phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiracy for possession of red phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and disposal of chemical waste. She faces trial in Crawford County court in November on those charges. If convicted on all charges, Coudriet faces a maximum of 47 years in jail and fines totaling $240,000. None of those charges has a mandatory sentence.

Chisholm initially had set Coudriet’s bond in that case at $10,000 on June 14, but it was lowered by Crawford County Court of Common Pleas to $2,500 on July 25. Coudriet posted bond through a professional bondsman July 25 and was released from jail.

Chisholm set Coudriet’s bond for her arrest Wednesday at $100,000.

“I can say with no reluctance at all, this is no good,” Chisholm told Coudriet in setting her bond.

“I screwed up,” Coudriet said, though she claimed to Chisholm that she didn’t manufacture Wednesday’s batch of methamphetamine correctly. “I don’t want to try it again.”

Chisholm set Stewart’s bond at $15,000.

Both women face preliminary hearings before Chisholm on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

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