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Police, Fire, Courts

February 13, 2013

Meth lab found in car in Rouses Point

ROUSES POINT — A traffic stop led to the bust of an alleged one-pot meth lab in the Village of Rouses Point early Tuesday.

At about 12:20 a.m., on Chapman Street, Chazy-based State Police stopped a 2005 Hyundai driven by Ryan M. Tetreault, 27, of Altona for failure to signal a turn and the absence of a license-plate light.

Police found an active one-pot meth lab in the car, said Lt. Brent M. Davison of the Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

“We believe he was doing it in the vehicle at the time,” Davison said in reference to Tetreault concocting methamphetamine while he was driving.

A small amount of “finished product” was recovered from the car, the investigator said.

Police were not pursuing a search warrant for Tetreault’s residence, and they were not expecting further arrests in direct connection with the incident, Davison said.

Tetreault was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Further charges were pending lab analysis of evidence gathered from the car, Davison said.

Tetreault was arraigned in Champlain Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

He remained in County Jail Tuesday, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team helped secure evidence, and the Troop B Narcotics Enforcement Unit continued to investigate the incident. The Clinton County District Attorney’s Office was also advised of the situation.

The number of mobile meth labs appears to be increasing, Davison said. People can produce meth easily in many places, including backpacks, vehicles, houses and sheds, he said.

“It’s a very small setup. It’s extremely dangerous, however, to manufacture.”

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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