Police Say Couple Ran Drug Lab

Posted: July 17, 1986

A Warminster couple has been charged with running a methamphetamine laboratory after a raid on its home Saturday by state narcotics agents and local police.

The suspects were arrested about 5 p.m. Saturday, when 15 officers from the Warminster Township police and agents from the state Bureau of Narcotics Investigation searched their home, said David Gibson, regional director for the state bureau, a division of the Attorney General's Office.

Daniel J. Randis, 43, and his wife, Barbara, 40, of the 1200 block of Brennan Drive, each were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell. They were arraigned and held on $50,000 bail each. On Monday, they were released after using their home to post a surety bond.

The arrests followed a two-year investigation, Gibson said, which traced chemicals from the Reading area to Warminster. The investigation was prompted by "numerous concerned citizens," Gibson said.

The lab was capable of producing at least 20 pounds of the drug a week, Gibson said. The drug has a street value of between $800 and $1,000 an ounce.

Gibson said beakers, flasks, cutting boards and other equipment used in the making of methamphetamine were confiscated. An undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and illegal chemicals suspected of being used to produce the stimulant also were seized.

The Warminster fire department accompanied law enforcement officials on the raid, Gibson said, because of the volatile nature of some of the chemicals used to produce the drug.

A preliminary hearing before District Justice James M. Kelly of Warminster was scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow, but is likely to be postponed until an anaylsis of the confiscated chemicals is completed, Gibson said.

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