Race to Shut Down Meth Labs

By Mike Trim

Race to Shut Down Meth Labs

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 13, 2006 at 11:32 PM EST

It's the start of 2006 and already New York State Police have busted three methamphetamine labs in Broome and Chenango Counties.

One raid took place here on Skye Island Drive in Endicott.

In 2005, there were no meth busts in Chenango, and just two in Broome County.

"It was only a matter of time before Broome County got hit pretty hard with it. Hopefully we've got ourselves ahead of the trend a little bit," said Lt. Patrick Garey of the New York State Police.

Other busts took place on Conklin Hill Road in the Town of Barker, and Town Line Road in the Town of Smithville.

They're more typical, rural locations for meth labs.

But hearing that a lab was found in his neighborhood shocked a man who lives on Skye Island Drive in Endicott.

"That's actually one of the nicest homes on the road. Most of the pictures on the news are of the trailers out in the Town of Barker, like the last one, but, this was kind of a surprise," said David Finney of Endicott.

But Lieutenant Patrick Garey with the New York State Police C-NET unit says it's not unusual to find people cooking meth in a populated area.

"It's not necessarily something we see every day, but it's not something that meth cookers are opposed to doing," said Garey.

Garey believes State Police are one step ahead of those making meth in New York.

Statewide, the number of meth lab busts decreased from 73 in 2003 to 25 last year.

But Garey says they could cut that number even more.

Congress could pass a law that would limit the sale of over the counter cold medicines like Sudafed, making it harder for the drug manufacturers to get their hands on a key meth ingredient.

All seven people arrested last Friday remain in either the Broome or Chenango County jail without bail.

They're charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Two of them are also charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

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