Traffic stop reveals meth-making materials

Richard Waltrick and Emily Fatzinger

Author: , WFMZ.com Reporter
Published: Oct 15 2013 01:10:22 PM EDT
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HANOVER TWP., Pa. -

A man and woman who share the same Carbon County address were found with methamphetamine and materials used to manufacture it after a traffic stop in Northampton County, officials said.

Richard E. Walterick III and Emily A. Fatzinger had the contraband in a car that was stopped because of a burned out headlight at the Bath Pike and Jaindl Boulevard intersection in Hanover Twp., at about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.

Walterick and Fatzinger were passengers in the car driven by Jared M. Dillman, and when Dillman was asked to step out of his car, police saw an open knife on the front seat, officials said.

When police searched the car for other weapons, they discovered a glass jar with a white residue under Walterick's seat; a glass pipe with white residue and a plastic container with methamphetamine in a black case Fatzinger was sitting on in the back seat; an open white bag with materials used to manufacture meth that was hanging from the front passenger's seat in front of Fatzinger, and a plastic gasoline container in the back seat, officials said.

Dillman told police Fatzinger grabbed the white bag from Walterick and said she planned on making a run for it after they were stopped, officials noted.

Walterick, 30, and Fatzinger, 21, both of 705 Princeton Ave., Palmerton, were each arraigned on nine he drug-related charges, including operating a meth lab, possessing chemicals used to manufacture meth, manufacturing a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail each, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing for Walterick and Fatzinger is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 25.