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A total of 16 men and women were charged on Wednesday as part of a massive state and federal methamphetamine bust in Lewis County.

The 16 were all involved in cooking and selling meth throughout Lewis County for the past several years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Three of the people were taken into custody on federal charges, while the other 13 will be facing local charges including drug possession and sales in Lewis County Court, authorities stated.

“With our actions today, illegal methamphetamine producers, as well as the ‘smurfs’ who provide them with the pseudoephedrine necessary to manufacture this horribly addictive and destructive drug, continue to be on notice that their illegal activity subjects them to prosecution by both state and federal authorities,” said U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

A “smurf” is a person who buys the controlled chemicals and materials needed to cook methamphetamine. These chemicals are freely available to customers, but their purchase is often monitored by law enforcement.

“These arrests are an example of one part in the fight against drugs and how the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies can make a significant impact in eradicating all types of illegally controlled substances from being bought and sold on the streets of our communities,” Hartunian stated.

Federal charges: Eric Campbell, 35, of Port Leyden, Cayla Wujek, 24, of Port Leyden, and Jessica Bowers, 35, of the State of Alabama, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession of pseudoephedrine, authorities said. They face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Local charges: Joshua Alexander, 32, of Copenhagen; Lucas Boliver, 29, of Lowville; Sahsa Eckelman, 27, of Glenfield; Ryan Granger, 36, of Lowville; Julie Green, 48, of Watertown; James Lynch, 27, of Old Forge; Brittany Moshier, 23, of Constableville; Adam J. Rhoades, 20, of Turin; Tonia Simmons, 37, of Castorland; Dawn Stanley, 39, of Lowville; Douglas Tuttle, 21, of Lowville; Gregory Ward, 31, of Glenfield; and Kendra Zehr, 20, of Lowville.

All 16 are scheduled to appear in court.


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