A Roulette man was arrested four months after an alleged methamphetamine lab was discovered in his home following a fire.
Law enforcement officials spent months searching for Adam Sallade, 32, before he was located and charged, according to Coudersport-based state police.
According to police, at 5:17 p.m. Feb. 16, Coudersport- and Emporium-based state police were dispatched to 46 River St., Roulette Township, for a structure fire. Once the fire was put out, law enforcement entered the home to investigate the fire.
State police fire marshal Trooper Coby Sebastian met with Trooper John Whitcomb to assist with the fire investigation. Whitcomb said the fire marshal was called because of drug activity in the home and that Sallade was staying in the room where the fire originated, the criminal complaint alleged.
As the troopers were investigating, they began finding items like a clear plastic jug containing a large quantity of a white crystalized material, drug paraphernalia like a spoon and syringe, and jars containing the same white material. Sebastian located an empty package of decongestants, a heat plate and lighter fluid, and then a bottle of drain cleaner containing lye. The troopers agreed that these items could be used in a meth lab and contacted the state police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, the complaint stated. Authorities seized the meth-making materials and a quantity of meth from the home.
Sallade was arraigned June 15 and committed to Potter County Jail in lieu of 10% of $75,000 bail.
Sallade is charged with the following due to allegations stemming from the Feb. 16 fire: possessing a precursor substance with intent to manufacture, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver, felonies; operating a meth lab, a second-degree felony; deposits, stores/disposes chemical waste, a third-degree felony; knowingly possess ephedrine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanors.
Court records indicate he further faces charges from an alleged offense on June 15 — the date of his arrest. For this, he is charged with tampering with/fabricate physical evidence, a second-degree misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanors.
A preliminary hearing is set for June 26 in the meth lab case and July 31 in the tampering with evidence case.
In February, the Chief Bryan Phelps of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department stated on social media that multiple fire departments assisted when the fire was reported on River Street.
The Roulette Fire Department was dispatched, and, from the Coudersport department were 13 personnel, a truck and an engine. The Galeton Fire Department was on standby.