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ST. ALBANS — Police have made an arrest in connection with a St. Albans methamphetamine lab that was dismantled Thursday in a residential area.

Travis Clemmons, 30, of St. Louis initially was jailed for lack of $75,000 bail, Vermont State Police Capt. Dan Troidl said.

Judge James Crucitti increased bail to $150,000 after Clemmons appeared Friday in Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans to answer a charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Clemmons denied the felony charge.

Police were looking for Clemmons since they raided an apartment house at 69 North Elm St. in St. Albans and uncovered evidence of a meth lab, state police said.

Investigators received information that Clemmons was at a hotel in St. Albans. Before police he fled the area, but about 1:40 a.m. State Police found him hiding in a drainage ditch near the hotel.

He was arrested and transported to the Vermont State Police Barracks in St. Albans and lodged at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans Town.

Troidl said there might be more arrests, and the investigation remains in progress.

He said police worked nonstop for about 48 hours to get enough evidence for a search warrant, to conduct the raid and to find the suspect.

Nobody was home when state, local and federal law-enforcement officers raided the North Elm Street residence at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

“We definitely removed evidence. There was evidence of a meth lab,” said Troidl, who oversees the state’s special investigations division.

He said the site was made safe after investigators removed chemicals used in making the drug, documented them as evidence and disposed of them.

St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said the city police and fire departments offered support during the raid because of the hazardous nature of a meth lab. The Swanton Police Department also assisted.

The State Police Bomb Squad and Hazardous Materials Response Team were both summoned to the scene. State police Lt. Reg Trayah, commander of the state’s clandestine lab team, has said those teams are now automatically called because of the dangerous nature of the materials.




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