Man Sentenced for Operating Meth Lab
March 12, 2014
DuBOIS- A DuBois man has been sentenced to
state prison for operating a meth lab. District Attorney William Shaw Jr.
identified the defendant as 53 year old Steven Sunealitis, of South Main Street,
DuBois. On May 13 an Agent from the
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole discovered evidence of
methamphetamine production while conducting a routine home visit at the
residence of Sunealitis.
The Agent then informed the Sandy Township
Police Department. The Sandy Township Police Department and members of the
Pennsylvania State Police Vice & Narcotics Unit, along with the
Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team (CLRT) and West
Sandy Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene because of the extremely
hazardous condition created during the manufacturing process. A search warrant
was obtained for the residence, and all of the equipment suspected to be
utilized for methamphetamine production was seized, as well as what is believed
to be final product methamphetamine.
A jury trial was held from January 27-28,
2014, and Sunealitis was found guilty of the charges. On March 11, 2014, the Honorable Fredric J.
Ammerman sentenced Sunealitis to a minimum of 8 years and a maximum of 16 years
incarceration in the State Prison System.
Following sentencing, Shaw stated that he was
extremely satisfied with the sentence imposed by Judge Ammerman. Shaw stated
that a sentence of this magnitude sends a strong message that this type of
dangerous criminal activity will not be tolerated in Clearfield County. Shaw
emphasized that “Meth Labs” pose a significant danger to law enforcement, first
responders, neighbors, and occupants of the location where the lab is
operating. Shaw explained that chemicals used in the methamphetamine
manufacturing process are extremely dangerous because they run the risk of
explosions or poisoning people with toxic fumes created by the process.
Shaw also stated that he was pleased with the
investigative efforts by the Sandy Township Police Department and the
Pennsylvania State Police. Shaw also stated he was extremely satisfied with the
prompt response and removal efforts completed by the Pennsylvania State Police
Clandestine Laboratory Response Team. Shaw thanked the Pennsylvania Board of
Probation and Parole, the Sandy Township Police Department, the Pennsylvania
State Police, and the West Sandy Volunteer Fire Company for their assistance
with this case.
Anyone with knowledge of a crime is asked to
call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700. All calls to Crime
Stoppers are confidential.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting
the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at
"www.ClearfieldDA.org" and selecting "Report A Crime".