Moore Township Woman Allegedly Sold Meth to Police Informant

Jamie Lynn Kinghorn, 36, of Moore Township, is facing three felony drug counts as a result of an alleged $650 sale of 3.5 grams of meth to a confidential police informant in Bethlehem Township.

A Moore Township woman and a male accomplice have been arrested and charged with selling methamphetamine to a confidential police informant in Bethlehem Township, according to court papers filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

Jamie Lynn Kinghorn, 36, of 255 Nazareth Drive, and Nicholas Strohl, 26, who has no current address, are both facing three felony drug counts as a result of the alleged $650 sale of 3.5 grams of meth.

The meeting between the suspects and the confidential informant took place on Nov. 21 at a township location that was not divulged in the arrest affidavit.

The arrest was made by Thomas Sedor, a former Allentown police detective and a sworn narcotics agent for the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control.

Kinghorn had also been wanted by law enforcement since Nov. 6 for her alleged role in operating a meth lab in Bath. Five people have been implicated, including a male who has not been charged or identified by police. It is unknown if that person is Strohl.

The criminal complaint filed by Colonial Regional Det. Sgt. Michael Melinsky provides these details:

  • Police executed the search warrant at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6. They found that a rear second-floor bedroom was a center of activity. For instance, two windows were open while temperatures outside were in the 20s, while a box fan was rigged to an open window as a makeshift exhaust fan.
  • Also found in the bedroom was a Tyvek suit -- the kind of protective gear worn by haz-mat crews -- gloves and respiration equipment, as well as ammonium nitrate fertilizer, an empty bottle of drain cleaner, burnt aluminum foil strips and a small plastic funnel with white residue.
  • Still more items in the bedroom included personal paperwork, receipts, identification and pictures -- belonging to and identifying Kinghorn.
  • Outside to the rear of the house, police found a plastic bag with several plastic bottles and plastic tubing. The bottles had chemical residue inside.

A state police expert at the house on Old Forge Drive called the items “precursors commonly used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine,” court records say.

Kinghorn and Strohl are both charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. Each of the charges is a first-degree felony.

They were arraigned overnight Tuesday in front of District Judge Roy Manwaring in Bethlehem and committed to Northampton County Prison. Bail was set at $50,000 for Kinghorn and $25,000 for Strohl.

Kinghorn's bail for the alleged meth lab in Bath was set at $50,000.

In that case, Kinghorn was charged with operating a meth lab; knowingly possessing ephedrine; manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver; possession of a controlled substance; causing a catastrophe, and two counts of possessing red phosphorus with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

Mallory Vough December 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Note: The caption of the photo says "FILE PHOTO," meaning It's not the meth mentioned in this particular story.
Ben Miller December 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I don't see any caption, but that makes me feel A LOT better about this. It still sounds like they had a tremendously elaborate setup and operation, which is scary, but that picture is powerful. Thank you, Mallory.


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