A second person was charged yesterday in connection with a suspected husband-and-wife meth lab discovered in Millersville in mid-December, authorities said. A federal criminal complaint was also filed this week against the man initially arrested after a raid on the suspected lab.
Sheila Beil, 39, of the 1000 block of Dicus Mill Road faces a federal drug manufacturing conspiracy charge, according to a criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
If convicted, she faces five to 40 years in prison, said Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.
After her appearance at the court yesterday afternoon, Beil was released to her mother's custody and was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, Murphy said. The charges were brought by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In addition, the DEA filed a criminal complaint Wednesday against Beil's husband, Michael Don Beil, 43. He also faces a drug manufacturing conspiracy charge that carries a sentence ranging from 5 to 40 years. He'll remain in federal custody until his detention hearing Monday, Murphy said.
Anne Arundel County police arrested Michael Beil Dec. 16 after raiding the house he and his wife rented. He was charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute, and manufacturing methamphetamine, but the county planned to drop those charges after the federal criminal complaints were filed, said Anne Arundel County police spokesman Shawn A. Urbas.
"The involvement of these people in the manufacture of drugs rose to a level where the federal agents were interested," Urbas said.
During the search of a trailer near their home, federal agents found finished meth, pseudoephedrine pills and "a computer generated recipe regarding the production of methamphetamine," according to the criminal complaint filed against Sheila Beil.
The documents also allege that video footage shows her purchasing ingredients to make meth at several local stores.