Woman admits to meth possession and weapons charges
SARATOGA COUNTY Marlinea South kept an illegal luger in her bedroom and a meth lab in the living area of her mobile home in Greenfield.
State police in Wilton were tipped off about the manufacturing operation the 35-year-old woman and Megan Howell, 28, were running in the North Creek Mobile Village. Authorities raided their mobile home in October, finding the highly volatile precursors to methamphetamine, the unregistered pistol and the drug itself—all located in a residence with an infant who was less than a year old.
South admitted to possessing a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, during an appearance in Saratoga County Court Tuesday. For her plea, she is expected to receive up to four years in prison and five years of post-release supervision, District Attorney James Murphy III said.
"It's not unusual to find drugs and guns in the same location, as police did here," he said in a statement. "As if the manufacture of "meth" isn't dangerous enough, the easy access to a gun in that mobile home, combined with children and meth, makes it even more disturbing."
Howell is expected to be sentenced on March 31.
Investigators believe South and Howell were cooking large quantities of meth in the trailer, which was located within close proximity to other homes in the North Creek Mobile Village. Investigators believe they purposely located in the area so that they could sell the drug through a network in the area.
On Oct. 6, police raided the home, taking Howell and South into custody. Also arrested was Bruce W. Tyler, 55, for allegedly bringing his 15-year-old son with him during a visit to the home.
During the search, investigators located a Hi point 9 mm luger pistol and 32 rounds of ammunition in South's bedroom. Murphy said South did not have a license for the weapon and had a previous criminal conviction on her record.
State police wore gas masks and flame-retardant suits to remove volatile chemicals associated with the manufacturing process. Authorities also hired a toxic waste hauler from Vermont to remove other chemicals found in the trailer -- a cleanup that cost thousands of dollars.
Earlier this month, Howell accepted a plea deal that will send her to prison for four years. She is scheduled for sentencing on March 14.
The case against Tyler remains pending.