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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (18 NEWS) – Law enforcement raid a home in the Village of Watkins Glen Tuesday morning and find evidence of an active meth lab. One man was arrested as a result of the investigation, and residents on Second Street are shocked that one of their neighbors was cooking meth on their quiet, residential street.

“No I would not of guessed there’s a meth lab 10 feet from my house,” Ryan McFarlane, a neighbor directly next to 117 E. Second Street, said. “My whole house could’ve gone up in flames. This is everything me and my wife own here in this little house, so it’s kind of scary.”Originaldww

From the outside, 117 E. Second Street looks like any other home with a beautiful garden out front, but when law enforcement served the warrant this morning to search the home they found plenty of evidence of an active meth lab.

“We had to respond with a full team response and basically come and remediate any hazards in the house that are posing a risk to neighbors and the property itself, take out any evidence that we use for prosecution,” Sgt. Nate Stobert, Team Leader of the NYSP CCERT team said.

“We’ve arrested one suspect at this time,” Watkins Glen Police Department Chief Thomas Strubel said. “Christopher Coy is a resident that lives in the apartment and he’s been arrested.”

These types of small meth labs in residential areas are becoming more and more common across the state.

“These new cooking methods are very easy for the common person to find out how to do it and and to obtain those materials needed,” Stobert said. “It’s no longer a big super lab, like you might see on Breaking Bad or other shows. These are things that a single person can do with household items.”

Because of the increase in meth labs, there’s also been a spike in the number of dump sites being found across the Twin Tiers. Law enforcement says you need to be on the lookout for hazardous materials in garbage bags especially if they’re alongside rural roads.

“If you happen to see that it’s got that coleman fuel, it’s got those cold packs, it’s got 2 liter bottles or Gatorade bottles with white sludge in the bottom, that’s really indicative of methamphetamine production and that is hazardous waste,” Stobert said. “So we have to get it out of there and render it safe.”

Methamphetamine is not going away without all the communities help, it’s an epidemic in our area as we’ve seen over the last few years, we just need to be forever vigilant,” Strubel said.

Local law enforcement is encouraging everyone to keep their eyes, ears, and noses open and to report any suspicious activity. If you think you’ve found materials that were used to make meth, you need to call and report it immediately. Do not try to dispose of hazardous materials yourself.

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