February 28, 2013

Police: Meth bust in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — An arrest Tuesday night led police to a home where they say methamphetamine had been produced.

Joshua M. Baker, 25, of the Town of Plattsburgh is charged with third-degree manufacturing meth for possession of precursor, solvent, which is a felony, and with petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Police said he stole Coleman fuel from a store.

Baker was taken into custody at about 6:10 p.m., State Police said.

“A subsequent search of Baker’s residence revealed numerous precursors for making methamphetamine,” a press release said.  

State Police Sgt. Chad Niles, in the midst of the investigation at the home, located at the corner of Town Line Road, said the lab was not in operation; the reagents found there remained from previous production of the substance.

Baker rents the home, he said.

The Clinton County District Attorney’s Office was informed about the raid.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted with processing the location.  

Baker was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court before Town Justice Kevin Patnode and was sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, $10,000 bond.


Monday evening, a traffic stop in Champlain resulted in an arrest in connection with methamphetamine, too.

Chazy-based State Police signaled Richard P. Paro, 37, of West Chazy to pull over due to an inadequate plate lamp on the blue 1999 Nissan he was driving, authorities said.

He had lye and ice packs, both meth reagents, police said.

Arraigned before Champlain Town Justice John Favreau, Paro was charged with criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, an infraction. 

He was arraigned before Champlain Town Justice John Favreau and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. 

Authorities were continuing an investigation into Paro’s alleged meth activities.

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