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October 28, 2012

Police discover mobile meth lab following traffic stop

CHAZY — In the latest meth lab arrest, police say a West Chazy man was using the popular one-pot method to procure the powerful drug in a car he was riding in with a relative.

James T. Senecal, 33, was arrested Friday on multiple drug charges and traffic violations after a traffic stop yielded drugs and a mobile lab, according to a statement from Plattsburgh-based State Police.

In addition to methamphetamine, a search of the vehicle also turned up hydrocodone pills and marijuana.

Prior to his arrest, police observed Senecal driving a different car before pulling over, exiting the vehicle and climbing into the car operated by his family member.

He was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing, a felony, and also faces misdemeanor charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

In addition, Senecal was also ticketed for unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance not in its original container (hydrocodone), having a broken windshield, unsafe tires and failure to notify the DMV of a change in address.

He was arraigned in the Town of Beekmantown Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Police said additional charges may be filed against Senecal pending lab analysis of other substances that were found inside the car during the traffic stop.

State Police called in members of the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team in order to cleanse the area, while safely removing any hazardous materials in the vehicle.

A trend that started on the West Coast before making its way east, one-pot production has become more popular in and around the North Country, according to police.

Email Miranda Orso: morso@pressrepublican.com

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