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June 28, 2013

'Special K' maker turns himself in

Police: Drug exports extended to Hawaii

NEWBURYPORT — A Georgetown man accused of operating a ketomine conversion lab inside a Rowley self-storage unit turned himself in to Rowley police yesterday morning and is being held on $10,000 cash bail following his arraignment at Newburyport District Court.

Timothy Ryan Vonallgeier, 24, of 59 Old Jacobs Road, remained silent in court as Essex County prosecutor Nathaniel Sears said his laboratory was likely only the tip of the iceberg of a ketamine distribution facility that saw the defendant ship the recreational party drug to customers as far away as Hawaii and California. Sears asked Vonallgeier be held on $250,000 cash bail pending his next court case.

Vonallgeier’s attorney, Joseph Balliro Jr., decried the prosecutor’s request for such high bail, saying the facts of the case didn’t warrant such a penalty and that there was no way his client or his family could come close to raising that kind of money.

“I doubt very much they can raise $500,” Balliro said. “It’s essentially slamming the cell door on Timothy,” Balliro said.

Judge Peter Doyle ordered Vonallgeier held on $10,000 cash bail until a pretrial hearing scheduled for July 23. As part of his bail conditions, Vonallgeier must surrender his passport, stay within Massachusetts, remain drug- and alcohol-free with random screens and be monitored by a GPS tracking system.

Among those in the courtroom were his mother and fiancee, who, according to Balliro, is pregnant. Following arraignment, Balliro declined to comment when approached by a reporter outside the courtroom.

According to court records, in 2007 Vonallgeier was arrested by Georgetown police and charged with possession of a class D substance to distribute, possession of a class D substance (marijuana) and having a controlled substance in a school zone.

Vonallgeier’s arraignment caps off a busy 48 hours for Rowley law enforcement who raided Vonallgeier’s self-storage unit inside ABZ Self Storage off Route 133, only a few yards away from Interstate 95, Tuesday around 11 a.m. A hazmat team wearing white suits and oxygen masks entered the storage unit and removed two cylinders, a microwave oven and chemicals found on the ground. It was later determined that the chemicals were part of a ketamine conversion lab.

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