Police: Investigation of Meth Lab Ringleader 'Pretty Much Finished'
A garage where crystal methamphetamine was found has been locked by the District Attorney's office.
Police said Thursday an investigation that had focused on a man who ran a methamphetamine operation from a West Mt. Airy garage is “pretty much finished.”
Lt. Robert Otto of the city police department’s Narcotics Division said investigators have confiscated all the relevant assets from Warren Layre that they have been able to find.
Layre who was the primary subject of their investigation into what was going on at a garage at 529-35 W. Sedgwick St.
Those items include 22 firearms, which were recovered from the garage and from Layre’s home in Conshohocken. Police also found $263,100 worth of crystal methamphetamine, $560 worth of steroids and $389,244 in cash at the garage.
About 800 pounds of fireworks were also recovered from the site.
“We’ve seized all his assets,” Otto said.
The lieutenant said that the findings may lead to other investigations. For now, though, the investigation into Layre’s activities is essentially over.
The District Attorney’s office has sealed the garage as it builds its criminal case, according to Otto, which means it likely won't be searched any further. A sign on the door of the garage indicates it’s been closed.
“We're pretty much finished with this investigation involving this individual,” Otto said.
Otto said, however, that the findings could lead to other investigations.
A total of five people were arrested in connection with the operation. Warren Layre, Brian Timer, Thomas Basara, Cecelia Silverwood and James McIntyre were all arrested June 23 on felony charges of manufacturing, intending or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.
Police have emphasized that methamphetamine was being sold from the site but that there wasn't a full-fledged lab operating in the garage.