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March 2, 2014

Meth labs go under the radar


“It’s a super stimulant,” Niles said. “You may see extreme weight loss in a short time, sweating, body odor, bad teeth, open sores.”

Meth addicts may dump the trash from their labs in ditches or the woods, he said, and he advises people not to pick through bags of trash they see, because there may be hazardous chemicals inside.

“If you have a suspected lab, what do you do? Say you see a bag in the ditch, contact your local State Police. If you have intelligence information ... contact State Police. Let us know.”


Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said solid-waste transfer station workers should also be aware of what to look for.

“We get a lot of garbage from outside Moriah,” he said. “Young people have died (from using meth).”

As well, he observed, “it seems like it takes forever (to make an arrest) if you call in to say so-and-so is selling this stuff.”

Niles said they need to have a substantial case to make an arrest.

“It is frustrating for us. You wish you could just march in. We need to bring charges, good, serious felony charges to put them away for a while.”

Niles said he already speaks with trash haulers, so they know what to look for.

Newcomb Deputy Supervisor Wester Miga said town highway crews doing spring cleanup should also be aware of what to look for.

“This should be a topic for all of us to take into consideration.”

Niles said he does go around to highway departments and advises them about potential meth trash.


Meth, Niles said, is a “very, very detrimental drug. They (users) tend to be irritable or anxious, have extreme paranoia. 

“They have a wild look. These folks can be very dangerous.”

He said that once hooked on meth, users often return to its use even after prison time and rehabilitation.

“One or two recreational uses will get you hooked. The high is so euphoric. 

“They can’t get out of it.”

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