Police accuse Christopher D. Cragle of making meth in his Slocum Twp. trailer

Last updated: December 04. 2013 11:38PM - 4701 Views
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SHICKSHINNY — A Slocum Township man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing a pipe bomb will face charges in Luzerne County Court.

Christopher D. Cragle, 37, of Sleepy Hollow Lane in the Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park, appeared Wednesday for his preliminary hearing before District Judge John Hasay, who determined state prosecutors established a case.

Cragle, also known as “Cowboy,” remains jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.

U.S. Marshals arrested Cragle on Nov. 25 on a warrant charging him with skipping a court hearing on other meth-cooking allegations from April 2012.

Prior to his apprehension, drug agents from the state Office of Attorney General received information that Cragle was cooking methamphetamine inside the trailer.

During the arrest, agents produced a search warrant and seized various components used to manufacture methamphetamine, along with a 9mm pistol, a .233-caliber rifle and a pipe bomb with five blasting caps, as well as other bomb-making components, according to the AG’s office.

Cragle was initially arrested by the AG’s Office on charges he allegedly manufactured methamphetamine in a residence on state Route 118 in Sweet Valley in April 2012. He was jailed for lack of $200,000 but was released shortly after county Judge William Amesbury modified his bail on July 5, 2012, to unsecured, court records say.

The state AG’s office recently filed a motion to revoke Cragle’s bail from his arrest in April 2012.

A formal arraignment on the latest charges is scheduled on Feb. 21.

He is facing three counts of possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and risking a catastrophe and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of weapons of mass destruction, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

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