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DuBois 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".   

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