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Police break up two more meth labs

October 27, 2012
By staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

ALTONA - State police have raided two more methamphetamine labs in Clinton County.

Chazy-based troopers said in a Friday news release that they discovered one of the labs while conducting interviews on Wednesday about suspicious activity at 16 Joe Wood Road in the town of Altona.

During a search of the home, with the consent of the owner, police found three people hiding in a basement crawl space. John R. Martin, 30, of Plattsburgh, Ryan M. Phaneuf, 18, of Plattsburgh and 18-year-old Nicole K. Bordeau, of Altona, were taken into custody without incident, police said.

Troopers said the trio had allegedly entered the residence without permission of the owner and were cooking meth.

The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called to the scene. Police said they found precursor substances used for manufacturing meth along with a small amount of finished product.

Martin, Phaneuf and Bordeau were each charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree unlawful manufacturing of meth and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Martin was arraigned and sent to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. Phaneuf and Bordeau were arraigned and sent to the jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.

Meanwhile, state police and the Ray Brook-based Troop B Narcotics Enforcement Unit were investigating another meth lab in the town of Chazy on Friday. More information was expected to be released today.

Both labs were using the "one-pot method" of cooking meth, which police said has been on the rise in the North Country. The one pot method is considered a fast way to make small amounts of meth, typically between 1 and 2 grams per pot.

Troopers raided another meth lab on Oct. 20 in the town of Altona. Two people were arrested in that case.



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