August 27, 2013

Police: Meth bust follows fire

Three Mooers residents charged with manufacturing meth


---- — MOOERS — The aftermath of a fire that destroyed a Bashaw Road mobile home saw three charged with making methamphetamine.

State Police arrested Roger W. Duprey, 35; Mary E. Jennette, 24; and Roger A. Geraw, 42, after investigating the blaze at Duprey’s home at 127 Bashaw Road on Aug. 23. 

The fire was considered suspicious, police said.

Duprey, Jennette and Geraw each face charges of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. 

Duprey, Jennette and Geraw were arraigned in Chazy Town Court and taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, $20,000 bond.

The fire erupted on the morning of Aug. 23; the mobile home was already engulfed in flames and heavy black smoke as firefighters arrived shortly before 9 a.m.


Mooers Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Dan Dumas said afterward that Duprey had been living with his mother, Linda Duprey, next door, at 131 Bashaw Road, because he had been remodeling his home.

In May, police discovered the remnants of a meth lab in a camper located behind the 131 Bashaw home, State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison told the Press-Republican then.

Arrested in connection with that bust were Warren B. Inman, who lived at that address, and Donald J. Labarge Jr. of Champlain.

Police tracked down that lab, Davison had said, after a local business owner had reported the theft of “an abnormal amount of lithium batteries.”

After the recent fire, Malinda Burleigh, who owns some of the land where several Bashaw Road mobile homes sit, told the P-R that loud music often issues from 131 Bashaw Road, and cars are always coming and going.

“There’s always partying over there,” she said.

She also said Mr. Duprey had been questioned by State Police on the morning of the blaze.

“I was there when the cops were talking to him.”

Duprey, Jennette and Geraw are set to appear in Mooers Town Court at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

— Photographer Gabe Dickens contributed to this report.