AMSTERDAM - Five area residents were arrested Tuesday by two area sheriff's departments in connection with the investigation of a methamphetamine lab on Front Street.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla confirmed the arrests of Randy Carpenter, 51, of 130 Front St., on pending drug charges, and James Loterbaugh, 29, no fixed address, on a parole violation. The two were arrested in connection with the arrests of three others by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department for selling meth in that county.
Arrested in Carroll County on a charge of drug trafficking were Di Emma White, 23, of Minerva; Dustin Cutlip, 27, of Malvern; and Jeffrey Loterbaugh, 27, of Malvern.
Carpenter and James Loterbaugh are being held at the Jefferson County jail, while White, Cutlip and Jeffrey Loterbaugh are being held at the Carroll County jail.
Abdalla said Carpenter and James Loterbaugh were arrested early Tuesday evening, without incident, at Carpenter's home, where a small meth lab had been established.
He said Amsterdam and Bergholz police departments assisted with the arrest.
Abdalla applauded the Carroll County Sheriff's Department for its efforts in working with the Jefferson County Drug Task Force on the investigation.
"Sheriff (Dale) Williams and his team did a great job of putting this together," Abdalla said.