Press-Republican

April 5, 2013

Two meth arrests made

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — WEST CHAZY — A married couple were arrested Wednesday on meth-related charges.

Travis A. Bruce, 36, was arrested when precursors for manufacturing meth were allegedly found at his home at 7415 State Route 22 in West Chazy after an investigation by New York State Police and the Plattsburgh City Police Department.

“No active meth lab was located, but evidence (precursors) was secured that corroborated Bruce was manufacturing meth in the home,” State Police said in a news release.

At least one syringe containing drug residue was found in the home, State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison said from Troop B headquarters in Ray Brook.

Investigation has shown that the residue is “crushed-up prescription medication,” he said.

ENDANGERING CHILD CHARGES

Both Bruce and his wife, Dixie L. Bruce-Wilson, 30, of West Chazy were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

These charges were incurred because police found a syringe in plain view in the home, where the couple’s three children live with them, Davison said.

The children were in the residence at the time of their parents’ arrest, he said, and are now in the care of their maternal grandmother.

Police have no evidence that Bruce was making meth in the front of the children, Davison said.

Bruce and Bruce-Wilson live in the West Chazy home with Bruce’s mother, who owns the residence and who gave police consent to conduct the search, he said.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded afterward for cleanup.

Plattsburgh City Police assisted in the investigation.

CHARGES

Bruce was charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Bruce-Wilson was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

She was not charged with meth manufacturing and will likely not be charged with the felony, Davison said.

“We were investigating Travis Bruce for manufacturing meth.”

Bruce was arraigned in Chazy Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail on $15,000 cash bail/$30,000 bond. He is due back in court on Monday, April 8.

Dixie Bruce-Wilson was arraigned in Chazy Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail on $2,000 cash bail/$4,000 bond. She is due back in court at a later date.

The Clinton County District Attorney’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

MISTAKES UNLIKELY

Wednesday’s arrests were the latest in a series of cases in recent months involving alleged manufacturing of meth.

With the ingredients used to make meth being so common and readily available, some citizens have expressed concern that they could be wrongfully charged with possessing precursors as they make household purchases.

“It would be very unlikely for someone to mistakenly buy the ingredients,” Davison said. “The average person will buy one or two things,” but not everything needed.

And should police receive misinformation regarding meth manufacturing or possession of precursors, the investigation would uncover the person’s innocence, he said.

Davison said the drug is “becoming more popular” in the area, and police know what to look for.

“It’s pretty obvious when people are making meth.”

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com