Joint Drug Strike Force investigation uncovers long-running production
A joint Drug Strike Force investigation has led to charges against a Dublin man and six others for the long-running production of methamphetamine, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said Friday.
Gary Lynn Moyer, 70, was arraigned June 17, on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy and other counts related to the organized production and sale of the drug. He was jailed for lack of bail set by District Judge Gary Gambardella at 10 percent of $750,000.
The Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force and the Bedminster Township Police Department charged Moyer with “cooking” and selling meth out of his home on Cherry Lane.
The case was a joint investigation with the Dublin Borough Police Department, Bedminster Township Police Department and Quakertown Borough Police Department. In addition, six others have been charged with acting as “smurfs,” or making routine purchases of items and ingredients required to manufacture methamphetamine, the DA’s office said.
The defendants delivered the items to Moyer, who then used them to produce meth, the DA’s office said. Some of the defendants, the office said, acted as a lookout while Moyer “cooked.”
“In partnership with the police departments in Bedminster, Quakertown and Dublin, the Strike Force has ground the Moyer meth manufacturing machine to a standstill,” said District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub. “The coronavirus didn’t stop them. Good law enforcement investigation and cooperation did. People in Bucks County are much safer as a result.”Charged alongside Moyer are: Teresa Ann Truitt, 58, of Dublin; Harold Roger Bickley, 61, of Perkasie; Annette Bickley, 57, of Perkasie; Lisa M. Hilbert, 50, of Long Pond, Monroe County; Donna Rapoli, 56, of Easton, Northampton County; and Christopher Ryan Clemmer, 38, of Dublin.
Each of the defendants was observed on several occasions going to Moyer’s residence after purchasing precursor chemicals such as ephedrine from area pharmacies, the DA’s office said. Ephedrine is a main precursor chemical in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Security footage obtained from the pharmacy counters where the purchases were made, confirmed the purchase activities of the defendants, the office said.
Moyer paid his co-defendants in meth, the DA’s office said. According to a criminal complaint, Moyer and his co-conspirators purchased enough medications containing ephedrine to produce nearly 2,000 grams of methamphetamine.