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Four people are under arrest for running a $9 million methamphetamine operation in Berks and Montgomery counties, state Attorney General Tom Corbett said Thursday.
State agents seized $53,000, four pounds of meth, meth-making equipment, 68 handguns and rifles and a cardboard cutout of a police officer used for target practice, Corbett said.
The investigation, called Operation Underground because drugs were buried so they wouldn't be detected, began in June 2007 and included undercover purchases, Corbett said. Investigators also seized meth-making equipment in Carbon County, he said.
Michael Spadafora, 42, of Exeter Township, Berks County, produced 550 pounds of meth in the basement and kitchen of his home, Corbett said. Agent Kenneth Bellis, regional director for the narcotics bureau, said Spadafora began his meth operation about 20 years ago.
Spadafora headed the enterprise and Randy Cronrath, 43, and his wife Holly, 40, both of Washington Township, Berks County, sold the drugs, Corbett said.
"We believe that Mr. Spadafora's methamphetamine was distributed across southeastern Pennsylvania," Corbett said.
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