FRANKLIN – On April 12, 2017, Pennsylvania Game Commission Land Management Group Supervisor Ronda J. Bimber and State Game Warden Matthew R. Savinda were investigating a suspicious tent on State Game Lands 291 in Spring Creek Township, Warren County. Camping is not permitted on State Game Lands.

While the officers were observing the tent, Thaddeus Leo Czech IV arrived and made his way toward the tent. The officers identified themselves and Czech fled on foot. The officers gave chase and SGW Savinda apprehended the suspect and placed him under arrest. Investigation determined that Czech was No. 2 on Erie County’s “Most Wanted” list at the time of arrest. Subsequent investigation uncovered evidence of methamphetamine production at the camp site.

Interviews and investigation resulted in Czech and his girlfriend, Sara M. Lang, being charged with the following:

Thaddeus Leo Czech IV, 22, of Corry, Pa. was charged with multiple felonies, misdemeanors and summaries:
- Manufacturing, delivery or possession of controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver.
- Depositing, storing or disposing of chemical waste.
- Risking catastrophe.
- Possessing phenylpropanolamine, etc., as a precursor substance with intent to unlawfully manufacture.
- Flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment.
- Possession of controlled substance (two counts).
- Use/Possession of drug paraphernalia (five counts).
- Knowingly possessing ephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
- Control of property regulations (three counts).

Sara M. Lang, 30, of Corry, Pa. was charged with multiple felonies, misdemeanors, and summaries:
- Manufacturing, delivery or possession of controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver.
- Depositing, storing or disposing of chemical waste.
- Risking catastrophe.
- Possessing phenylpropanolamine, etc., or a precursor substance with intent to unlawfully manufacture.
- Possession of controlled substance.
- Use/Possession of drug paraphernalia (four counts).
- Knowingly possessing ephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
- Control of property regulations (two counts).

Pennsylvania Game Commission officers were assisted at the scene and with prosecution of this case by Pennsylvania State Police Vice Unit Supervisor Cpl. Scott P. Zinram and Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab Forensic Scientist Brett A. Bailor.

All charges were filed in Warren County.

Both defendants accepted plea bargains that resulted in:
- Thaddeus Leo Czech IV was assessed $1,000 in fines and costs, and will spend up to 48 months in state prison for production of methamphetamine, depositing of chemical wastes, risking a catastrophe, and control of property regulations.
- Sara M. Lang was assessed $3,000 in fines and costs, and will spend up to 60 months in state prison for depositing chemical wastes, risking a catastrophe, and control of property regulations.

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