Baldwin woman admits to running a drug lab from a motel room

By Amanda Klein | October 23, 2018

A Baldwin resident pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to running a drug lab out of a room she rented at a Motel 6.

United States Attorney Scott W. Brady said 32-year-old Angel Grannison waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of maintaining a drug involved premises.

Authorities alleged that on May 11, Allegheny County Police detectives and a Special Agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration in Pittsburgh responded to the Motel 6 after receiving a complaint of a strong chemical odor coming from one of the rooms.

When they arrived, investigators found that Grannsion had set up a fentanyl synthesis lab using commercial chemistry equipment and using chemicals from China. They also discovered numerous packages with Chinese return addresses, a ‘Chemistry for Dummies’ book, and a handwriting journal with notes on fentanyl production.

Grannsion faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, when she is sentenced on Feb. 12, by United States Chief District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

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