Woman who ran meth lab in Greenfield trailer park gets 4 years in prison

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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— A woman who ran a meth lab in a trailer park has been sentenced to four years in state prison.

Marlinea G. South, 34, of the North Creek Mobile Village in Greenfield will also be required to undergo five years of post-release supervision when she completes her prison term.

She pleaded guilty before County Court Judge Jerry Scarano on Jan. 27 to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He sentenced her Monday.

The plea and sentence stem from an Oct. 6 raid at the mobile home South shared with Megan Howell, 28. Both were accused of being in possession of methamphetamine, as well as materials that are typically used to manufacture it.

It was the first time a meth lab had been found in Saratoga County, and it was in a mobile home park with other residences nearby. District Attorney James A. Murphy III said neighbors were potentially at risk.

“Meth is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug,” he said. “It is reassuring that the New York State Police had resources to rapidly respond to a highly toxic and volatile crime scene in the middle of a dense neighborhood.”

The cost of cleaning up the home of toxic materials was in the tens of thousands of dollars, and was covered by taxpayers, Murphy said.

South also was found to be in possession of a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol, which was found with 32 rounds of ammunition in her bedroom. She did not possess a permit for it and was previously convicted of a crime, leading to the weapon-possession charge.

The drug-making materials and a quantity of meth were discovered in the mobile home based on a tip provided to state police in Wilton, Murphy said. Police investigated with their Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and then sent a contaminated crime scene emergency response team, officers wearing protective suits because of the toxic substances involved in making meth.

The emergency response team secured the scene because the “cooking” of meth is dangerous, as the substances involved are highly volatile, Murphy said.

A baby was living in the home at the time, and a 15-year-old boy was also present. They were taken away by child protective workers.

Howell pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and

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