Neighbors Stunned After Meth Busts

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 12, 2006 at 8:31 PM EST

The sign says keep out, but state police had all the reason to raid this home at 470 Conklin Hill Road in the Town of Barker.

Charles and Cynthia Johnson used it as a methamphetamine lab.
It was one of three that were busted Friday by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Raymond Bryce has lived next door for more than 30 years, and says he had no idea what his neighbors were up to.

"There's drugs all over the place, but you never think about it being right next to you, " said Bryce.

Greg Ward lives a mile down the road, and agrees, drugs in this part of Chenango County is suprising.

"It's a disappointment, and it's a shock to all of us who live around the neighborhood," said Ward.

The Conklin Hill Road home was part of a month long meth investigation by the New York State Police.

The investigation included two other meth labs in Broome and Chenango County's.

At the Smithville meth lab, State Police say they 170 ounces of liquid meth and products to make meth like ammonia, ether, and lab glassware. Those products are similar to what was found Friday night at 87 sky island drive in endicott. Police found where 60 ounces of meth oil, materials to make meth, and two 22 caliber handguns, ammunition and switchblades were found.

Although these three meth labs are shut down, state police say this investigation is not over, and more charges could be pending.

For now, 7 people involved in this meth sting remain in Broome, and Chenango County jails, without bail.

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