CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Waynesboro, Pa., woman charged with allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab that exploded in her home in July pleaded not guilty this week during her arraignment in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, according to the county District Attorney’s Office.
Josie Lee McCormick, 33, of West Main St. was charged with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamines, operation of a methamphetamine laboratory, and causing or risking a catastrophe, according to court records.
McCormick, who entered her plea Wednesday, faces her next court appearance is in October, according to the prosecutor’s office.
McCormick and Logan Tyler Buchanan were taken into police custody on the night of July 15 after the explosion at 153 W. Main St., a two-story brick building at the intersection of West Main and Grant streets. The apartment was McCormick’s, court records said.
Buchanan, 30, of 4576 Lemar Road, Lemasters, Pa., who faces the same charges as McCormick, is scheduled to be in court next week for his mandatory arraignment, court records said.
Firefighters and police were called to the apartment house at about 8 p.m. on July 15, after receiving a report of a fire and explosion at the apartment house.
“A search of the residence resulted in the discovery of chemicals and precursors used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamines,” Waynesboro Police Chief James Sourbier said at the time of the arrests.
Items found in the apartment included lithium batteries that had been cut open, boxes of ephedrine, brake fluid containers, hydrogen peroxide containers, 2-liter plastic bottles and plastic tubing, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website.