**Press Release METH LAB DISCOVERED**
On 03/28/18 Officer’s from the Wellsboro Police Department received a tip advising that DAVID LAVERN HECK (W/M/34 of Wellsboro) was cooking methamphetamine in a local motel and that he was staying with Dawn M. Shaffer (W/F/29 of Tioga, PA) who was known to have 3 active warrants. Investigation by the officers verified that Shaffer was residing in the room with Heck and she was taken into custody at 9:15 pm on 3/28/18 for the warrants. At the time of her arrest Shaffer was found to be in possession of two bubble packs of pseudoephedrine, a known ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Shaffer was committed to the Tioga County Prison on the previously issued warrants.
Continued investigation by police resulted in the issuance of a search warrant for the motel room and occupants of that room. On 03/30/18, Friday morning at 8:09 am officers from the Wellsboro Police Department executed the search warrant. While knocking and announcing our presence at the door, David Heck kicked out the back window to the motel room and fled on foot. After a brief foot chase, which ended in the Wellsboro Cemetery, Heck was taken into custody without further incident.
A subsequent search of the motel room revealed numerous drug related items as well as verification that Heck was cooking meth inside the room. Once the ingredients were located for manufacturing methamphetamine officers backed out and contacted the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team to collect the evidence and dispose of the hazardous chemicals.
David Heck was committed to the Tioga County Prison on charges of (1) Operating a Methamphetamine Laboratory (F1), (2) Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver (F), (3) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M) and (4) Possession of a Controlled Substance (M). The grading of some of the charges will be aggravated as the location of the violation was within 1,000 feet of school property. Bail was set at $150,000. Numerous additional charges are anticipated at this time.