Men face charges for second meth site

Drass, Bowser allegedly made drug in their respective homes

Two men in jail on charges they were making methamphetamine in a Hollidaysburg Borough home are now charged over allegedly making the drug in a second location.

Dennis B. Drass, 47, and David C. Bowser Sr., 47, were arrested Aug. 2 at Bowser’s home in Hollidaysburg after a neighbor allegedly walked in on the two smoking meth.

When Hollidaysburg Borough police responded, they found items they suspected were used to make the drug, and the state police clandestine lab response team was brought in to clean up and gather evidence.

Both Drass and Bowser were charged then with methamphetamine-making charges and jailed on $100,000 cash bonds.

On Wednesday, the two men were charged with a list of felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from alleged methamphetamine-making at Drass’ Brush Mountain Road home.

According to state police, when the pair were arrested Aug. 2, Drass told state police he didn’t know how to make the drug and that he would buy the supplies and Bowser would manufacture it. Drass said that he had some items used to make the drug in a trash bag under the porch at 199 Brush Mountain Road but that he “doesn’t have a meth lab at his residence,” Trooper Nathan Owens wrote in the charges.

Drass allegedly gave police permission to search the property on Aug. 2. During the search, police found the trash bag, and the contents, which were not detailed by state police, were sent off to the state police crime lab in Harrisburg for testing.

According to state police, testing of the items showed they had been used to make methamphetamine.

Both Drass and Bowser have been in jail since their arrest on Aug. 2, and on Wednesday the pair were arraigned on the new charges stemming from the search of Drass’ property.

Bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner at $75,000 for each of the men, which is in addition to the previous bail amount, and they were remanded to Blair County Prison to await a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

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