---- — CHAMPLAIN — Authorities nabbed a local man Tuesday as he started to board a bus here, the latest in a series of meth-related arrests.
Just after 4 p.m., Chazy-based State Police heard that Joel L. Cayea, 35, of Ellenburg Center had purchased precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine from the ACE Hardware store in Champlain.
U.S. Border Patrol officers found Cayea, with the items in his backpack, as he started to board a Clinton County Public Transportation System bus in Champlain. He did not have an active meth lab, State Police said in a news release.
He was in possession of used hypodermic needles and two pipes containing marijuana residue, police said.
Cayea was charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
He was arraigned in Champlain Town Court and was sent to Clinton County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due back in Town Court today.
Troopers were assisted by the Troop B Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol.