WILKES-BARRE — A man from Edwardsville arrested by the state Office of Attorney General in Operation Explosive Impact, an investigation that targeted methamphetamine cooks, was sentenced to state prison.
Joseph Bruce Rockel, 34, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni III to three to six years in state prison on a single count of manufacturing methamphetamine. Rockel was given credit for 239 days time served.
Rockel was one of 25 people charged during the summer of 2011 in Operation Explosive Impact that dismantled nine methamphetamine operations in Luzerne County.
Agents discovered and dismantled a clandestine methamphetamine lab located at 145 Washington St., Edwardsville on Aug. 27, 2011. The lab, operated by Rockel, had been operational for a significant period of time when it was discovered, according to the AG office.
Agents discovered 25 gas generators and 50 uncovered used one pots, a system used to cook methamphetamine. Numerous items used to cook methamphetamine, including ammonium nitrate, sodium, drain opener and medication were found inside the residence.
A firefighter opened the basement door at the Washington Street residence and was overcome by a white haze, according to the criminal complaint.