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October 27, 2012

Another meth lab uncovered in Altona

ALTONA —  Three suspects found hiding in a crawl space were arrested Wednesday after allegedly burglarizing a residence and cooking methamphetamine there.

Chazy-based State Police were in the area conducting interviews with residents after receiving complaints about suspicious activity at 16 Joe Wood Road when they asked the homeowner if they could enter the property and have a look around, according to a statement from police.

Consent was given, police said, and John R. Martin, 30, and Ryan M. Phaneuf, 18, both of Plattsburgh, and Nicole K. Bordeau, 18, of Altona were arrested without incident when discovered in the basement crawl space.

Police said the trio entered the home without permission and were cooking methamphetamine on the property using the one-pot method, a growing trend within the North Country.

Members of the specially trained State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team secured the area and processed the residence in order to safely remove the highly-toxic chemicals and cooking components used in the clandestine lab. 

The Adirondack Drug Task Force was also called in to assist, police said.

Authorities said several ingredients commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine were found inside the home, along with a small amount of the finished product.

All three suspects face felony charges of second-degree burglary and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charge.

Phaneuf and Bordeau were arraigned before being sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, police said.

Martin was also sent to County Jail following arraignment in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

Phaneuf and Martin remained in custody Friday, while Bordeau was released Thursday on a court order.

The Adirondack Drug Task Force assisted State Police on the bust.

The alleged lab found on Joe Wood Road marks the second time in a week that police found individuals purportedly cooking meth in Altona. On Oct. 20, Danny R. Spear, 46, of Altona and Claude Y. Leduc, 47, of Merrill were taken into custody after allegedly cooking the drug in a shed at 404 Irona Road.

Police are continuing to crackdown on clandestine labs in the area and were looking into another lab operation in the Town of Chazy as of Friday afternoon, the statement said.

Members of the  Emergency Response Team were called in once again.

Further information on that bust was not available Friday.

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