Emlenton Man Pleads Guilty to Operating Meth Lab

| December 31, 2016

rapp-rhoades-mug-e1481024770802CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Emlenton man facing felony charges following a Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) drug bust recently pleaded guilty.

Dustin Allen Rapp, 39, of Emlenton pleaded guilty earlier this month to one felony count of the possession of red phosphorus with the intent to manufacture controlled substances.

Other related charges were dropped in the plea deal.

His sentencing date is scheduled for January 18, 2017.

The charges were filed in August 2016 in connection with the operation of a methamphetamine lab in Clarion County.

According to a previous story on exploreVenango.com, CNET Detective Peck received information of suspicious activity involving Rapp and Shayla Ann Rhoads (pictured below).

On February 6, 2016, around 10:54 a.m., “Rapp purchased a bottle of Lye Drain Opener for $3.70. Around 11:30 p.m., a female (identified as Shayla Rhoads) in Rapp’s vehicle entered the store and purchased a gallon of Coleman Fuel for $15.88,” the complaint states.

Detective Peck was able to verify that “Rhoads purchased OHM Allergy Relief and Nasal Decongestant 24 hr. (15 count) containing 3.6 grams of Pseudoepedrine, another item used in the process of manufacturing Methamphetamine,” the complaint indicates.

“Between Rapp and Rhoads, they purchased three times from two different locations within 36 minutes,” the complaint continues.

“On February 8, receipts of the items purchased by Rapp and Rhoads were obtained. Store video was also obtained which shows Rhoads purchasing OHM Allergy Relief and Nasal Decongestant,” according to the complaint.

The above items mentioned are used in the process of the manufacturing of Methamphetamine. a Schedule II Controlled Substance, according to Detective Peck.

Rhoads, 28, of Knox, had three felony charges associated with the alleged operation the meth lab dropped in November.

She still faces five misdemeanor charges and one summary charge on another case from May 2016 involving driving under the influence, as follows:

– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

– DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 1 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor 1

– Controlled Substance – Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor 1

– Make Repairs/Sell/Etc. Offense Weapon, Misdemeanor 1

– Disregard Traffic Lane (Single), Summary

Rhoads is set to appear in plea court on January 4, 2017.

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