Venango County Duo Plead Guilty to Running Meth Lab

| December 31, 2016

Scales of Justice and Judge`s gavelFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) — Two people have pleaded guilty to charges of running a methamphetamine lab in Oil City.

Brandi Faye-Rose McCracken, 23, of Oil City, and Christopher George Miller, Jr., 23, of Corry, each entered guilty pleas earlier this month in Venango County Court of Common Pleas for their roles in the operation of a meth lab in a residence on Hoffman Avenue, in Oil City.

Miller pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony of operating a meth lab. His sentencing date is February 7, 2017.

McCracken pleaded guilty to one felony county of the possession of red phosphorous with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Miller’s sentencing is also on February 7, 2017.

Other charges against McCracken and Miller were dismissed as a result of the plea agreement.

Details of the Meth Lab Bust

According to a previously-published story on, on Sunday, August 7, Oil City Police officers arrived at 314 Hoffman Avenue based on information received regarding a possible meth lab.

The complaint stated that “upon arrival, Chief Robert Wenner obtained consent from the resident at the location to enter the residence. As Chief Wenner made contact with Miller and McCracken on the third floor of the residence…he (interrupted Miller’s) manufacturing of methamphetamine via a “One Pot” lab method.”

The complaint indicates that “Wenner also located multiple items of paraphernalia and precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, including, but not limited to coffee filters, rubber tubing, sulfuric acid, and Coleman camping fuel.”

Suspects Allegedly Admit to Purchasing Precursors to Manufacture Meth

Patrolman Ruditis interviewed both McCracken and Miller and both individuals “admitted to traveling to Walmart in Cranberry purchasing precursors including but not limited to Sudafed, Coleman fuel, and lithium batteries. Also, McCracken admitted to purchasing one box of Sudafed for Miller,” the complaint continues.

Patrolman Culp interviewed Miller who “admitted to traveling to Walmart in Cranberry Township where he told McCracken to buy Pseudoephedrine as she has an ID and he does not,” the complaint states.

Miller Allegedly Admits to Manufacturing Meth at Residence on Hoffman Avenue

“Miller admitted to bringing other items with him to Oil City. Miller said that he began the manufacturing process at the rear of the residence in his tent, then made his way to an area where he extracted the lithium from the batteries, manufactured enough Methamphetamine at that site for personal use, and then used it,” according to the complaint.

“Miller also admitted to being in the ‘gassing off’ process of the manufacturing of Methamphetamine when he was interrupted by Chief Wenner at 314 Hoffman Avenue,” the complaint indicates.

Both suspects remain lodged in the Venango County Jail.

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