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Woman Sentenced to 2 to 4 Years for Operating Meth Lab

November 10, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Thomas Gannon, 215.348.6461, tcgannon@buckscounty.org

A woman who ran a Quakertown methamphetamine lab in a house near a child-care facility was sentenced today to serve two to four years in state prison.

Morgan Kress, 29, of Harleysville, pleaded guilty to operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacture of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and recklessly endangering another person.

“I made a mistake,” Kress told Bucks County Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr., who accepted the terms of her plea agreement.

“Making a mistake is one thing,” Bateman replied. “Operating a meth lab in the vicinity of a school or a daycare facility is another matter.”

Police discovered Kress’s meth lab in a home in the 500 block of East Broad Street in Quakertown. That is less than 500 feet from the Upper Bucks YMCA, which has a child-care facility as well as camps and classes for children.

Quakertown Police and Pennsylvania State Police charged Kress after an investigation into methamphetamine labs at several locations in Upper Bucks County.

Using a database that tracks purchases of products containing pseudophedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine, police found that Kress made 19 purchases of products containing the ingredient from September 6, 2014, to April 5, 2015.

Police found Kress’s meth lab in April 2015, while investigating the death of a woman who lived in the house. State police disassembled the lab and swabbed various parts of it for DNA samples.

In October, police were notified that the DNA profile of a female had been recovered from a pill grinder confiscated from the house in April. After being told by other suspects that Kress had been in charge of cooking methamphetamine in the Quakertown house, police obtained a search warrant to take a DNA sample from her.

Kress’s DNA matched the sample found on the grinder. She was arrested in early 2016.

Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gannon, who prosecuted the case, told Bateman that Kress had been making methamphetamine “for at least five months, if not longer.”

In addition to the prison sentence, Kress was given three years of consecutive probation and ordered to pay $1,653.24 in restitution to the State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team.

She has been incarcerated since March 8, and was given credit for time served. Because she has no history of violent crime, she may be eligible for release after serving 18 months of her sentence.

One of Kress’s accomplices, David Hein, has pleaded guilty to operating two meth labs, and is serving two concurrent five- to 10-year prison sentences.

A second accomplice, Samson Fisher, has pleaded guilty to similar charges and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Approved for release by Gregg Shore, Deputy District Attorney.

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