March 6, 2013

Two charged with selling meth


---- — AuSABLE — More charges were pending Tuesday for a couple who police say were selling methamphetamine and lived in a converted garaged used for making the drug.

At about 5:45 a.m., the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team entered the residence at 395 Harkness Road in the Town of AuSable and arrested Todd N. Whitney, 43, and his girlfriend, Rhea L. Manion, 39, on warrants issued by Clinton County Court.

A grand jury had indicted them on charges of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

The site of the meth lab is a garage that was converted to living space, said State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison. Manion’s grandfather, he said, owns the garage and had allowed her and Whitney to live there.

The garage was searched after the obtainment of a search warrant Tuesday, and precursors to meth manufacturing were found inside and taken as evidence in the case, Davison said.

He would not say exactly what was found.

The arrests stem from investigations conducted by the Troop B Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Whitney and Manion were arraigned in Clinton County Court Tuesday before Judge Kevin Ryan and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $15,000 bail bond for each of them, Davison said.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team helped process the site.

New York State Police Aviation and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office were also involved in the case.

Tuesday evening, Whitney and Manion remained in jail. No information was available on when they would next be in court.

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