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June 3, 2014

Police: Meth lab active in Chazy home

CHAZY — A domestic dispute at a Chazy home prompted discovery of a methamphetamine lab, State Police say.

Troopers responded to the residence at about 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, first finding materials used to make the illegal drug, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said in a press release.

"Further investigation revealed that the occupants, 28-year-old Ashley M. Castine and 30-year-old Richard J. Welch, of Champlain, were actively cooking methamphetamine," police said.

The couple's 2-year-old child was also in the home.

Castine and Welch were charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Arraigned in Chazy Town Court, they were taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond, where they remained incarcerated on Monday evening. 

Castine has had previous trouble with the law. In September 2009, she was arrested after police pulled her car over on Church Street in Champlain. She was charged then with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated.

Their next court date is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10. 

The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team collected evidence at the Ridge Road home. 

"This investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending," the release said.

 

 

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