View attachment 20286 Police seized about 210 kilograms -- or about 463 pounds -- of methamphetamine oil solution in their Wednesday raid of a Town of Dix farmhouse in Schuyler County, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Schuyler County District Attorney Joe Fazzary, who noted that the figures were preliminary, said that amount could have been converted into 21 kilograms -- or about 46 pounds -- of finished methamphetamine.
Police also seized about a half-kilogram (a little more than a pound) of finished methamphetamine, Fazzary said, adding that official numbers would come after an analysis by the state police crime lab in Albany.
State police, the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office, Watkins Glen Village Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration served a search warrant early Wednesday at 1334 Roloson Hollow Road.
Police charged John A. Barton, 30, who lived at the home, and Chad T. Speicher, 27, and Shawn P. Rickard, 38, who police said had no fixed address, with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Police said the three were cooking methamphetamine at the time of the raid.
View attachment 20283 Horseheads Village Police Chief Michael J. Barton on Thursday confirmed to WENY-TV, this newspaper's media partner, that John Barton is his brother.
"It's very apparent he has a problem, and he's accountable for his own actions ...," Barton told WENY-TV. "He is not receiving any special treatment due to his relationship with me."
In addition to the methamphetamine, police also found long guns, marijuana, cash, cars, boats, trailers, motorcycles, ATVs and an accumulation of junk, which they finished checking on Thursday morning to see if any of it had been reported stolen.
"There's just a lot of stuff up there," said state police Investigator Chad Deweese. "It was like a junkyard."
View attachment 20284 The Drug Enforcement Administration brought in a cleanup crew from Massachusetts to haul away dangerous chemicals left over from the methamphetamine production, Fazzary said.
"They found, I believe, nine completely full anhydrous (ammonia) tanks, which is a really dangerous ingredient for methamphetamine production. So that's all got to get carted away," he said. "It's just such dangerous stuff that you can't leave it; you can't dump it."
When the DEA finished cleaning up the area, they left the property owner with "a two- or three-inch-thick booklet that tells him how he has to remedy the situation up there," he said.
Though the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that John Barton was the homeowner, the Schuyler County Real Property Tax Service said the property is owned by Gerald and Virginia Purvis, who also live on Roloson Hollow Road.
A woman who answered the Purvis phone at first declined to comment and then said, "Johnny was a good friend to us, and I could never say a thing against him."
Fazzary said he expected that Town of Dix code enforcement officers would forbid occupying the property until it is further cleaned up.
"I cannot tell you what the cost would be to do the remediation, and I can't tell you whether or not the owner of the property is forced to do the remediation," Fazzary said.
More charges could be possible in the case because two handguns and some stolen property were found at the site, he said.
Though John Barton and Speicher were sent to Schuyler County Jail, Rickard was turned over to Chemung County because of a warrant, active before the raid on the farmhouse, charging him with second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child, stemming from an incident in 2008 and 2009, Deweese said.
Deweese said the methamphetamine operation on Roloson Hollow Road was not linked to another methamphetamine lab, a cabin in the Chemung County Town of Baldwin that caught fire in early May.
Kanisha Wood, 20, of Elmira, died of burns from that fire, police said.
Nobody has been charged in that fire, Deweese said.
Written by Jason Whong
May. 19, 2011
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