Two arrested in meth bust

From Mirror staff reports

Two people were brought into custody after allegedly participating in large-scale methamphetamine distribution in Blair County, a police report stated.

Erica Lynn Eckert and Jayme Wayne Walter, ages unknown, were arrested Thursday after warrants were obtained from Magisterial District Judge Andrew L. Blattenberger, the Altoona Police Department announced.

Eckert and Walter are accused of distributing a large amount of meth in the Altoona area valued at about $250,000, and police said it was one of the largest meth seizures ever in Blair County.

The meth was allegedly transported from Allentown.

Eckert and Walter’s arrests followed a three-month investigation, and Altoona police stated additional arrests are expected as a result of the investigation.

Police said Walter was initially detained Aug. 26 during a traffic stop on the 6400 block of Woodbury Pike, Taylor Township.

Walter, who was listed on probation in Blair County, was arrested and transported to the Altoona Police Department.

During the arrest, Agent James Walstrom of the Attorney General’s Office utilized two separate K-9 units that specialize in narcotics detection on Walter’s vehicle.

Both K-9’s allegedly gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics, and a search warrant was compiled for the vehicle and issued by Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron.

Officers allegedly seized about 6 pounds of meth, 4.6 ounces of cocaine, 21 grams of suspected fentanyl, 1 gram of heroin and $1,901 in cash.

Eckert was arrested at a residence in Altoona and transported to Blair County Central Booking for processing and arraignment.

Walter is currently incarcerated in Blair County Prison and is expected to be arraigned Friday by Blattenberger.


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