BYRON — Two Byron residents were arrested Thursday for the alleged manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force announced.
Matthew J. Zon, 29, and Tricia M. Tundo, 24, were arraigned in front of Elba Town Justice Douglas King and committed to Genesee County Jail. The judge did not set bail.
Zon and Tundo allegedly operated a methamphetamine laboratory inside a residence at 6319 East Main St., Byron, according to the task force.
Their arrest capped off an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the Byron area, the drug task force stated in a news release. Methamphetamine, also called meth, is a powerful stimulant that is highly addictive.
The two suspects were under surveillance prior to their arrest. They were taken into custody Thursday when a vehicle operated by Tundo was pulled over by sheriff’s Deputy Brian Thompson and his K-9 dog, Pharoah. Zon was a passenger in the car.
Tundo was allegedly operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. A search of the car turned up a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, meth laboratory material and several pieces of drug paraphernalia.
Drug task force officers obtained a search warrant for the four-bedroom home on East Main Street and found a meth lab, a quantity of the finished product and drug paraphernalia, according to the task force.
The charges against Zon and Tundo included one count each of unlawful disposal of meth lab material, a Class E felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
Tundo was additionally charged with a misdemeanor traffic count, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
The task force is composed of officers from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Neighborhood Enforcement Team and Le Roy Village Police.
The Genesee County District Attorney’s Office, uniformed sheriff’s deputies, the state police Special Operations and Response Team, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers, county animal control, South Byron Fire Department, Mercy EMS and Genesee County Emergency Management assisted with the drug probe.
Additional charges are possible against Zon and Tundo.