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December 11, 2012

Police: Meth lab bust in Altona

ALTONA — Three people face felony drug charges after a traffic stop allegedly led to a methamphetamine manufacturing operation where two young children were present.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department said deputies stopped Karissa M. Fleming, 26, of Altona for speeding on State Route 11 in Ellenburg Depot at about 4 p.m.

Subsequent investigation revealed the vehicle contained a number of illegal controlled substances, hypodermic needles and ingredients that can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Deputies said that during interviews, a passenger in the vehicle, Jessica M. Miller, 30, of Altona, admitted to cooking methamphetamine at her residence, 4962 Military Turnpike, Altona.


Members of the Sheriff’s Department, Adirondack Drug Task Force and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency searched the residence and discovered an operational methamphetamine manufacturing lab, the release said.

Law-enforcement officials also found Charles W. Giddings, 28, of Altona in the home with Miller’s two young children. The children were evaluated by an emergency medical services crew and determined to be in good health.


Miller was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of possession of a hypodermic instrument, misdemeanors.

Giddings was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. 

Fleming was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving with ability impaired by drugs and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, all misdemeanors; and with a violation of speeding.

All three were arraigned in Altona Town Court. Miller and Giddings were sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond, while Fleming was jailed on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.

They are to reappear in court at a later date. Additional charges are pending.


Deputies were assisted by U.S. Border Patrol, New York State Police and Altona Fire Department.

A HAZMAT team disposed of the hazardous waste after the lab was dismantled, the Sheriff’s Department said.

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