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7 arrested in 2 Chester Co. meth lab busts; Two children removed

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com

CHESTER Two children were removed from a meth lab in Chester County where authorities arrested five people only to later uncover another meth lab on the same street Monday, deputies said.

At about 7:30 a.m., Sheriff’s Office narcotics deputies, along with agents with the State Law Enforcement Division, executed a search warrant on a home on Lancaster Highway in Fort Lawn, where they found several items related to manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a Chester County Sheriff’s report. Agents also found five adults in the house, along with two small children.

The state Department of Social Services took custody of the children. The ages and genders of the children were not immediately available.

The adults were all charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, the report states. Those charged included: Melissa Hope Gambrell, 23; Harvey Fowler Jr., 24; Fred Garland Coulter, 49; Dusty Lewis Faile; 27 and Robin Ashley Lucas, 24.

Thirty minutes later, deputies served a second search warrant on a Lancaster Highway home just down the street, where they found two men inside the house along with several items used to manufacture meth, deputies reported. Charles Robert Day, 43, and Cameron Isaac Bunkley, 25, were both charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

It’s unclear exactly what items deputies found in the homes, but pseudoephedrine, lighter fluid, gas masks, ice packs and lithium batteries are common household items law enforcement often finds when uncovering meth labs.

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