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Lindley — A burglary complaint Friday led to the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab in a Lindley garage.

According to a release from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, a Lindley resident returned home to State Line Road late Friday afternoon after a week out of town and found four suspects in the garage actively making meth.

Following the homeowner’s return, the suspects fled the scene on foot. Sheriff Joel Ordway said evidence suggested the lab had been in the garage for at least three or four days.

The area along State Line Road was ideal for a meth lab, said Ordway, because the rural setting makes it difficult for neighbors to smell the components used in manufacturing the drug.

Deputies secured the garage and agencies trained in dealing with hazardous materials responded to the scene and confirmed the lab was active.

Other agencies arrived Saturday morning to collect evidence and clean-up the site, with a quantity of suspected meth being collected at the scene and sent to a lab for confirmation. The Environmental Product Services responded to collect chemicals and waste.

Assisting the sheriff’s office was the Corning police and fire departments, state police hazardous materials team, the Lindley fire department, the Lawrenceville, Pa. fire and ambulance, Rural Metro Ambulance and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation is continuing.

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