PLATTSBURGH — Police say they discovered meth when they stopped a car whose occupants were suspects in a theft at the Wal-Mart in Plattsburgh.
One of the people arrested has four previous felony convictions, including sodomy and burglary, according to state prison records.
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Shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, Plattsburgh-based State Police stopped a 2002 Mercury Cougar on Carbide Road in the Town of Plattsburgh.
At about 12:30 p.m. that day, Wal-Mart employees had seen a man leave the store with a shopping cart with items he had not paid for and took note of the description and plate number of his car, said Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison.
Store employees then began taking stock of merchandise and discovered that clothing, snack food and Coleman fuel — considered a meth precursor — had been taken, Davison said.
Police didn't know about the fuel, Davison said, when they stopped the car, which was being driven by Nicholas P. Gero, 20, of Altona and was registered to a family member.
Police found a small amount of marijuana, a quantity of methamphetamine, precursors to meth and several items of drug paraphernalia, including pipes, syringes and spoons, in the sedan, Davison said, and a drug-related investigation began.
He said that stealing items used to make meth is "becoming one of the more common tactics" in the illegal drug industry.
Arrested Sunday along with Gero were the three passengers: Raymond J. Seguin, 29, of Saranac; Danielle M. Page, 24, of Morrisonville; and Kenneth J. Laundry, 47, of Plattsburgh.
Gero and Seguin were charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Page was charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.