Three facing another charge

Posted: 18th April 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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CANTON — Three people who allegedly operated a methamphetamine lab in a Rensselaer Falls home face an additional charge for making the highly addictive drug.

Shannon E. Schwartfigure, 38, Ian K. Rounseville, 23, and Michael J. Amato, 23, all of 211 King St., Rensselaer Falls, were charged Thursday night with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony, village police said. They had been charged earlier Thursday with unlawfully disposing of methamphetamine laboratory material, a felony.

All three were arraigned Thursday night in Canton Village Court. Mr. Rounseville and Mr. Amato were sent to the St. Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond. Ms. Schwartfigure was sent to the jail without bail because of her criminal record, police said. Preliminary hearings for the trio were scheduled for Wednesday in Canton Village Court.

The investigation started Wednesday morning, when the remnants of a discarded meth lab were discovered in large trash bins behind the Diane P. Burns building, 37 Riverside Drive, a high-rise apartment complex for senior citizens. The find led authorities to the Rensselaer Falls home, where various chemicals and materials needed to make methamphetamine were found, law enforcement officials said.

The items found in an unattached garage at the King Street home included several clear plastic soda bottles, all containing a white substance, tubing, coffee filters, lithium strips, Drano and Coleman fuel, court papers said. A state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response team went through both sites to make the scenes safe for law enforcement.

The latest charges against Ms. Schwartfigure could affect an unrelated case. She is scheduled for sentencing May 16 for submitting a fraudulent state tax form, court officials said. She pleaded guilty in February County Court to attempted second-degree forgery. The plea agreement called for her to receive 11/2 to 3 years in state prison.

She confessed to submitting a fraudulent state Department of Taxation and Finance form in February 2009 claiming Richard Schwartfigure, 39, Lisbon, owned O&A Garage. The form would exempt him from paying sales tax. Mr. Schwartfigure was convicted in June on two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and given a 2- to 4-year prison sentence, prosecutors said.

Ms. Schwartfigure had been released to probation supervision until sentencing, court officials said. Probation officials did not file a violation petition Friday with the court relating to her meth lab charges. A condition of her release was not to be arrested, court officials said.

Probation Director Edward C. Gauthier was not available for comment Friday.

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