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State Police bust two meth labs in Sandy Creek

State Police say they shut down two meth labs in the village of Sandy Creek on Thursday. Both were located along Sawmill Road, but it may not end there, as officials say meth labs are a growing concern in Oswego County.
Meth bust in Sandy Creek, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Meth bust in Sandy Creek, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Josh Allen
Josh Allen
Sandy Creek (WSYR-TV) -- State Police say they shut down two meth labs in the village of Sandy Creek on Thursday.

Both were located along Sawmill Road, but it may not end there, as officials say meth labs are a growing concern in Oswego County.

Men in safety suits spent hours collecting buckets and rolling barrels of hazardous chemicals away from two different labs on the same road.

"I kind of suspected something was going on,” said neighbor Betty Perkins. “At night, if their back light was on, I would hear cars in and out of their driveway all night."

Betty Perkins kept her distance as investigators gathered evidence next door, removing 10-mini labs from a garage, each pot equipped to quickly produce a batch of the drug. In a rural area, ingredients are easy to get from local stores and cheap to cook. State police have shut down at least five meth labs in Oswego County in the past five weeks -- and the problem is growing.

"They're usually holding, a lot of times, holding meth parties and they'll have several people there while they are making it and it takes about an hour for a one pot. They mix everything together. They don't need any sophisticated scientific equipment,” said NYSP Trooper Ivan Chinikailo.

Police say it works like a web, one person teaching several others, who teach several more people how to produce meth, until the problem becomes widespread in pockets of the region, like Oswego County.

"What we're dealing with here in Oswego County is mainly feeding personal addictions and if it is selling, it is to friends or small circles," Chinikailo said.

The two people arrested Thursday on Sawmill Road in Sandy Creek face felony charges of possessing and making more than two ounces of methamphetamine. Josh Allen and Christina Doner are both in their mid-20s.

"It makes you worry about the younger generation and what 20 years from now is going to bring, Perkins continued.

For Betty's young neighbors, the future could bring a life behind bars.
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