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NICHOLAS JOHNSON

A 27-year-old Forkston man has been charged with operating a methamphetamine lab after state police descended on a foreclosed property Friday afternoon in Forkston Township.

According to a criminal complaint, Nicholas Burton Johnson of 209 Main Street, was found down the road in a garage at 227 Main Street.

State police had received consent from First Citizens Bank & Trust to search the house at 227 Main Street, where around 2:25 p.m. they located three Mountain Dew soda bottles, and two of them had a white substance inside. One bottle was located in a freezer and the other two were located in a hole in the kitchen ceiling.

Two of the bottles also had tubes coming out from the top of the caps.

The complaint filed by Tpr. Jordan Chiochio notes that police believed that Johnson may have been staying in the house and was possibly living in a garage behind it.

They entered the garage and found him hiding on top of a loft.

Police advised him to show his hand because there were two rifles next to him, and Johnson eventually came down where he was detained.

According to the complaint, a sweep of the loft located two loaded rifles and seven syringes in a black zipper case.

The State Police Clandestine Team was called to the scene to examine the laboratory and among the items found were one pot, Coleman fuel, lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine.

Johnson was placed under arrest and arraigned Friday night by on-call Magisterial District Judge David Plummer who set bail at $50,000.

Unable to post it, Johnson was transported to the Wyoming County jail.

He has been charged with felony counts of operating a methamphetamine lab, causing catastrophe, drug possession and possession of a precursor substance with intent to unlawfully manufacture; and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.

Johnson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.