FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 26, 2015
In early January of 2015, Bethlehem Police received an anonymous tip from a citizen about a possible methamphetamine lab at 921 Main Street in the first floor apartment. Acting on this information, the Bethlehem Police Vice Unit initiated an investigation and obtained probable cause for a search warrant. This morning, 23 January 2015, at 6:55am, members of the Bethlehem Police Department’s Vice Unit and Street Crimes Unit and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team served the search warrant at 921 Main Street, first floor apartment. Three individuals were taken into custody without incident. A John Dougherty (age 44), who is homeless, was found sleeping in his 2003 Ford Explorer that was parked to the rear of 921 Main Street. A Kimberly Geertsema (age 46) and her 21 year old son, Kenneth Geertsema, were located inside 921 Main Street, first floor apartment. The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team observed an active meth lab inside of the first floor apartment. A second meth lab was located inside of the Dougherty’s vehicle. Both meth labs were decontaminated and the chemicals and reagents were secured by the Pennsylvania State Police and safety removed from the scene. A search was then conducted of the residence. Located was approximately 8 grams of newly manufactured methamphetamine, worth a street value of 1,600 dollars, packaging material including a scale and plastic baggies and a variety of methamphetamine precursors, chemicals and reagent substances. Kimberly Geertsema was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3 counts of operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of meth waste, reckless endangering another person, causing or risking a catastrophe and criminal conspiracy. One of the counts of operating a meth lab and illegal dumping of meth material was for manufacturing methamphetamine near a school, as 921 Main Street was located in the vicinity of William Penn Elementary School and Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers Fowler Center Day Care. Kimberly Geertsema was arraigned in front of Northampton County District Justice Roy Manwaring and committed to Northampton County Prison on 100,000 dollars. John Dougherty had a Northampton County bench warrant for drug related charges and was taken into custody by the Northampton County Sheriff’s office and transported to Northampton County Prison. Charges on John Dougherty are pending further investigation. Kenneth Geertsema was released and charges are pending further investigation.