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57-month prison terms given to two who ran meth lab

The two men who ran a once-lucrative methamphetamine lab in a Field Avenue house in the Village of Lancaster have both been given 57-month federal prison terms on their guilty pleas in May to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

John Ruth, 40, and Michael Jachimiak, 37, were both sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara in the past week.

After being arrested during a late June 2014 raid by Lancaster police and federal agents, both could have been facing prison terms of up to 40 years and fines of up to $5 million each.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said that between April 2014 and June 19, 2014, the two ran a lucrative meth lab at 97 Field Ave., which was the home of Jachimiak.

During the raid, agents found more than 700 spent pseudoephedrine blister packs used in the meth scheme and receipts for the purchase of precursor materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Inside the house, agents seized gas generators, hypodermic needles containing liquid methamphetamine, Mason jars containing lab residue and material used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Baumgarten said that Ruth and Jachimiak manufactured methamphetamine numerous times in the Lancaster home and that Ruth arranged to have others buy the pseudoephedrine tablets and other material they needed to make the methamphetamine.

Ruth also used some of the drug made in that lab in addition to selling the product, the prosecutor said. Tests at the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Northeast Regional Laboratory confirmed that all the material seized during that June 2014 raid was methaphetamine-related, the prosecutor said.

The investigation that led to the arrests of the two lab operators and that brought an end to their scheme was the result of calls that Lancaster Police Detectives Thomas E. Bulera and Edward A. Wojtal received from Field Avenue residents complaining about suspicious activity they saw taking place around the Jachimiak residence.