Meth manufacturing investigation leads to three arrests; Weapons and clandestine methamphetamine labs seized
TIOGA COUNTY, N.Y. - State police in Binghamton, N.Y. held a press conference Friday to report that three people were arrested recently by members of the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) as the result of an investigation into the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine in Broome and Tioga counties. According to reports, the arrests came after state police searched a residence and storage facility in the Town of Union and a residence in the Town of Barton.
Arrested on Thursday were Edward Bailey, 25, of 573 Hooper Road, Endwell, who was charged on a federal complaint on charges related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of weapon.
Also arrested was David Coffey, 29, of 33 Valley St., Binghamton. Coffey was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property (firearm).
The third man arrested was James Mills, 45, of 173 State Route 12, Chenango Forks, N.Y. Mills was also charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Mills and Coffey were remanded to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash/$20,000 property bond. Bailey was also remanded to the Tioga County Jail with the details of bail unknown at this time.
State police also reported that as a result of the investigation, the following evidence and property seized at the following locations:
At 573 Hooper Road, Endwell, N.Y., state police seized a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun; .38 caliber starter pistol; approximately 5 grams of processed methamphetamine; more than 200 pseudoephedrine tablets (pseudoephedrine is a precursor for methamphetamine); coffee filters (commonly used in methamphetamine production); lithium batteries (commonly used in methamphetamine production); 51 tablets of MSM (commonly used as a cutting agent during methamphetamine production); quantities of unknown liquids consistent with methamphetamine production; two long rifles; brass knuckles; hypodermic needles; oxycontin; and a surveillance system consisting of cameras and monitors.
At 2355 state Route 17C, Barton, N.Y. (Town of Tioga), state police seized a loaded .357 magnum revolver (unregistered); drug paraphernalia; Anhydrous ammonia tanks; coffee filters; Muriatic acid; camping fuel; a 5-gallon gas generator; lithium batteries; unknown liquids appearing to be consistent with methamphetamine production; numerous unknown pills suspected to be pseudoephedrine; and a 30-30 Marlin rifle.
At a Storage-All storage facility rental unit rented by Edward Bailey, state police seized Hypodermic needles and drug scales.
And during a vehicle stop on West Church Street, Town of Tioga, state police seized a .45 caliber handgun, loaded, which was stolen from the state of Georgia; a small amount of methamphetamine, a large quantity of pseudoephdrine pills and drug paraphernalia. The vehicle, which had switched plates, was operated by David Coffey, whose driver's license is suspended. James Mills was a passenger in the vehicle. A search of Coffey made incidental to arrest revealed Oxycontin pills located on his person.
Due to the hazardous nature of clandestine drug laboratories, the early morning search warrant was executed by members of the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the locations were processed for evidence by members of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT).
The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.