A Bradford man was arrested Sunday afternoon on methamphetamine lab-related allegations from March.
William T. Puskar, 35, of Bradford, was arraigned before District Judge David Engman on the following charges: possessing a precursor substance with intent to unlawfully manufacture and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, felonies; manufacturing methamphetamine-child present and risking catastrophe, third-degree felonies; possession of a controlled substance and possession of ephedrine, misdemeanors; and three counts of recklessly endangering another person, second-degree misdemeanors, according to court records.
No further information on the allegations against Puskar were available by press time Sunday.
However, in March, District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reported that Bradford City Police raided a home on March 2 — the same day as the offense date on court records filed against Puskar.
Shaffer stated in March that McKean County Detectives confirmed a “one-pot” meth operation was found at the home, and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Team assisted, too.
Regarding the raid, authorities have not released the address or any names of people associated with the alleged operation. It is unclear if the charges against Puskar stem from that investigation.
Puskar is in McKean County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, and he is scheduled to appear in Central Court on Thursday.
Court records indicate that Puskar is still on county supervision for a prior meth-related conviction.
He was sentenced Sept. 12 to a jail term of 15 days to one year with credit for 102 days of time served for charges of possession of an instrument of crime, false identification to a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance.
In that case, Puskar had pleaded guilty to allegations that on June 3, he possessed meth and items including a tin foil bag, a glass Pyrex dish, a hairdryer, salt and coffee filters. When a police officer told him he was subject to an investigation, Puskar told him his name was William Thomas.
The criminal complaint filed at the time of his arrest stated that an officer who was getting out of his patrol car at the Country Fair convenience store in Bradford recognized Puskar, who was sitting in the corner by the exterior freezer. The officer knew Puskar had an active warrant for him out of New York state.
When police discovered meth-related items in Puskar’s backpack, the store was evacuated and the business was closed for about one hour while the scene was processed, the complaint indicated.