June 22, 2018

Police say Honesdale man had mobile meth lab


HONESDALE – State Police arrested Seth VanValkenburg, 19, of Honesdale Thurssday evening, after stopping him for motor vehicle violations. He was found in possession of drug paraphernalia and was driving under the influence.

VanValkenburg consented to a search of his vehicle, assuring troopers on multiple occasions there was nothing dangerous in the car. However, when one of the troopers searched the trunk, he found a boiling mobile methamphetamine lab, with smoke coming from it.

The trooper breathed in the contaminated fumes and had to be transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale for treatment. The PA State Police Clandestine Lab Team was notified and responded to the scene, which took several hours to decontaminate.

The trooper later returned to work.

“This is outrageous conduct on the part of the defendant,” said Wayne County District Attorney Patrick Robinson said. “Not only did he risk a catastrophe, but he recklessly endangered many State Troopers and the public in general. Methamphetamine is a truly evil substance and Law Enforcement in Wayne County will prosecute those who manufacture and/or distribute Methamphetamine to the fullest extent of the Law.”

VanValkenburg, who faces four felony charges and 11 misdemeanors, was sent to the Wayne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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