Kristopher M. Peryea, 22, of Saranac, one of three men arrested in Plattsburgh for running a meth lab.
Thick green leaves of trees partially obscure the entrance to Eleanor Way, a cul de sac located off Hamilton Street between Peru and MacDonough streets.
A dense row of trees along Eleanor Way give the appearance one is no longer in the City of Plattsburgh, the area was calm and quiet Wednesday as tree branches swayed gently in the breeze under the bright sun. The nearly hidden neighborhood was minus three residents, their names revealed Wednesday by the City Police department that arrested them the night before for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Aaron M. Prim, 35, of Redford; Kristopher M. Peryea, 22, of Saranac; and Jamie H. Gaudette, 36, of Plattsburgh; all face 3rd-degree felony charges of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine is an illegal substance known as “meth,” “speed,” “crank,” and “ice.” The potent synthetic drug stimulates the central nervous system and results in effects similar to those of cocaine, giving the user a rush that lasts longer than cocaine.
It is increasingly popular and can be injected, snorted, taken orally and smoked and it leads to physical dependence.
In 2009, 1.2 million Americans age 12 and older abused methamphetamine, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The three men recently arrested were held in Plattsburgh Police lock up overnight after being arrested at 10 Eleanor Way while in the process of preparing a batch of the drug. They were arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court Wednesday morning and remain in Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash/$40,000 bond, pending further court action.
Police had been investigating the meth-lab operation when a Plattsburgh City Police officer entered the apartment Tuesday evening. 10 Eleanor Way is in a multi-family resident on a dead-end street.
The officer entered the meth-lab just as the men were in the final stages of preparing a small batch of the drug.
Law enforcement evacuated residents of the apartment and nearby homes due to the dangers posed by the meth-lab. Many chemicals used in meth labs are common in homes, but the poor handling and disposal of them, as well as mixing incompatible compounds, can create hazards.
Common household chemicals used in meth labs include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride, trichloroethane and toluene.
The three men were stripped after their arrest and decontaminated behind a tarp near the building.
Also responding to the scene were personnel from the Plattsburgh City Fire Department and New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team. They decontaminated the apartment and collected evidence.
The investigation and gathering of evidence lasted through the night.