Correction: In the original post on April 10, we misidentified the location of a meth-related arrest. The arrest was in Saranac Lake, not Gabriels. The error is corrected below.
Hello! So apparently it’s been a big week for methamphetamine in the North Country, or at least for arrests on meth charges. On Tuesday, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports, a Gabriels man was arrested when police pulled him over at about 7 in the morning, for not having a front license plate. They smelled pot and alcohol and asked him if he had any of the former. The man admitted he did, but apparently passed the police the wrong baggie: This one contained three 1-gram packages of meth.
In a move that I can’t believe I’m writing about rather then seeing on “Cops,” he then tried to grab the bag back and run away, but instead he was arrested and searched (at which time the police found the marijuana he’d been holding, as well.) There’s more on the charges he’s facing in the paper.
This is the first meth arrest
Gabriels Saranac Lake has had in the last few years, village police chief Bruce Nason told the paper, but there have been several in nearby Clinton over the last few weeks, and, Nason is quoted as saying, “it looks like it’s moving our way, unfortunately.”
In fact the Clinton County town of Altona saw two arrests on Tuesday when police raided a home that they suspected contained a meth lab run by a husband and wife team. That’s according to the Plattsburgh Press Republican. That investigation is ongoing, but it’s not a small one: According to the paper,
The Adirondack Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection Border Patrol were among those investigating, with Altona Volunteer Fire Department standing by at the location.
Oh, and while we’re talking meth, the other day the Press Republican reported (in a story about several other drug arrests in the area) that the Clinton County Assistant DA, Douglas Collyer, had announced a standard sentence for first-time offenders caught making meth: It’s four and a half years.