Police bust meth lab in Endicott

By Kerry Longobucco

August 20, 2014 Updated Aug 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An Endicott man was arrested after police discovered a meth lab inside his Firth Street home.

Gregory Potter, 32, was arrested by New York State Police and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree. Potter was also charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Lt. Patrick Garey, of the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, said heroin is the most prevalent drug issue locally. However, meth is making a comeback in Broome County once again.

When the drug appeared in the area in 2000, it was very difficult to make and required a strong knowledge of chemistry. Laws were put in place to combat distribution and make it more difficult to obtain large amounts of materials commonly used to cook meth.

Garey attributes the recent spike in meth circulation to a newer, faster and easier way to formulate the drug.

"Currently, what it's commonly referred to is a 'one pot method' of manufacturing meth," said Garey. "That's what we're seeing here today."

Wednesday's raid didn't surprise neighbor Don Rice.

Rice said he's known about the drug activity for years and credits the police with making his neighborhood safe once again.

“I've lived here for 40 years," said Rice. "So, this was the only bad apple that's ever come here in 40 years. Now he's gone."

Garey added that law enforcement will be aggressive in combating the "one pot method" and keeping crystal meth out of the community.