EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Police say they’ve broken up a meth making operation behind a Walmart and a church. A group of homeless people are accused of manufacturing meth from tents set up in the woods.
Six people are charged in this case. When officers served arrest warrants behind Walmart on Friday morning, they found one man in the process of using meth.
Sergeant Tom Lemond with Stroud Area Regional Police showed us a homeless camp behind the Walmart in East Stroudsburg. He pointed out the scattered remnants of a meth making operation.
He explains, “it seems to be the chosen choice of homeless people in this vicinity.”
Police also located another operation near a church in Stroud Township.
“Through our investigations and confidential informants, we found out they’re all tied into one another,” Lemond adds.
Amy Wilgus and Mark Sparano-Wurts were both arraigned Friday afternoon. Derrill Bunker and Jonathan Goga are already behind bars for unrelated charges. Two others have warrants out for their arrests.
“I think it’s crazy. I mean, it’s like something out of a movie, Sons of Anarchy or something,” says Leo Molina of New Jersey.
According to court papers, they purchased the products used for making meth at Walmart.
“We live in center city Philadelphia and the homeless problem and drugs is a big deal there. So, it’s just part of living here,” says Gary Hasty of Philadelphia.
Investigators believe they used most of the meth themselves, but sold some to support their habit.
“It’s unfortunate that in rural Pennsylvania we see so many drug issues. We’ve got drug comings and goings around our neighborhood, it’s so obvious,” explains Denice Hasty of Philadelphia.
A special state police response team has been called in to safely clean up.
Eyewitness News is told the creek is contaminated with toxic waste, because plastic bottles containing drug residue were tossed in the water.
The two defendants arraigned on Friday are due back in court next month for preliminary hearings. They were both denied bail.