A week after law-enforcement officials spent the day investigating a Treesdale home for the possibility that a clandestine lab was manufacturing drugs or explosives, two men have been charged in the case, according to Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann.
Tyler Joseph McWilliams, 20, of Gibsonia, has been arrested and charged with felony counts of possessing and dealing marijuana at an April 28 party at the Condor Lane home, said Amann. He also is charged with underage drinking.
A second Gibsonia man, 19-year-old Bryan Thomas Watt, is charged with misdemeanor counts of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, along with underage drinking, the chief said. His preliminary hearing is set for June 20.
Police are awaiting lab results to see if additional charges will be filed, said Amann, adding that the lab tests "could take some time."
The investigation was triggered when Northern Regional police were called to the Treesdale house owned by model Theresa Gaugler about 1 a.m. Saturday, April 28, for an underage drinking party in the 2000 block of Condor Lane, the police chief said.
Gaugler was not home at the time of the party. She said McWilliams is a friend of her children who was allowed to live there for free.
McWilliams was arraigned over the weekend and released on his own recognizance; a preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, according to court documents.
McWilliams, who turned 20 on April 27, is charged with two felony counts—for the delivery and sale of marijuana in addition to possession with intent to deliver, Amann said. He also is facing three drug-related misdemeanors and a summary offense of underage drinking, according to court documents.
The second man—Watt—was one of the individuals who fled when police arrived at the party about 1 a.m., said Amann. He was stopped in the street as he came out of the woods, the chief continued.
Another 20-year-old, who has not been identified, was sent to the hospital by ambulance when he was found unresponsive and incoherent in the house’s game room, Amann said.
Upon checking the rest of the house to see if other party-goers were in the same condition, officers saw what appeared to be a clandestine lab that could involve drugs or explosives, police said.
The FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in Saturday, April 28, to investigate at the home, Amann said. Police also summoned the Allegheny County Bomb Squad and a county Hazmat team.
State police removed items from the house April 28 that may have been used to manufacture hallucinogenic mushrooms, Amann said.
No charges have been filed, pending lab results from the Pennsylvania State Police, Amann said.
Chemicals also were removed, but it appears no charges will be filed regarding the chemicals, Amann said.
"The chemicals are legal. They don't become illegal until mixed," Amann said, and they had not been mixed.