Utica residents facing charges after meth precursors found

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By MARISSA DECHANT – Staff writer

Two Utica residents are facing charges after police found precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine outside their Swamp Road home Thursday afternoon.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Matthew Kirtland’s office said that around noon Thursday, Franklin state police were dispatched to the residence of Louis Anderson, 52, and Lisa Anderson, 50, to assist state parole agent Andrew Harriger.

When police arrived, they observed items on the porch and in the surrounding area that were precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine, the complaint said.  Items included several plastic bottles with smaller plastic hoses protruding from the top, an empty Sudafed packet, a cut lithium battery and a blue cooler, the complaint said.

Police also saw a worn path going down from the house to a burn pile with items including lighter fluid, an empty lithium battery pack and a plastic pill bottle container, the complaint said.

Harriger told police he had gone to the residence to randomly conduct a check-in on Lisa Anderson, his parolee, when he noticed the items lying around the porch, the complaint said.

Louis Anderson invited Harriger inside, where he observed a marijuana bowl next to a mattress on the living room floor, the complaint said.

The Andersons are both facing felony counts of deposits, stores or disposes chemical waste and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and a misdemeanor count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arraigned before Kirtland and placed in the Venango County jail on $20,000 bail.

Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Central Court.