Greenfield woman gets four years in prison for running meth lab

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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— One of the women accused of running a methamphetamine lab in a Greenfield mobile home was sentenced in Saratoga County Court Friday to spend four years in state prison.

Megan A. Howell, 28, of North Creek Mobile Village, was sentenced by County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano after pleading guilty in January to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Authorities said Howell and another woman were apparently making large quantities of the legal drug at the mobile home, which was surrounded by other mobile homes.

“Meth is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug and this is the first significant meth case and first meth lab in our county,” said District Attorney James A. Murphy III.

In addition to prison time, Howell will have two years of post-release supervision.

The plea and sentence stem from a raid last Oct. 6 at the mobile home she shared with Marlinea South, 35. The two women and a man who was also there were arrested after police said they found methamphetamine and the materials used to manufacture “meth”.

Authorities said they acted based on a tip provided to state police.

The crime scene was cleared by members of a contaminated crime scene emergency response team, since the substances used to make methamphetamine are volatile and the manufacturing dangerous, Murphy 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,” Murphy said in a news release. “I am thankful that no one in close proximity was harmed in any way, while the defendant spends the next four years in prison.”

Two children — one a baby, the other a teenage boy — were in the home at the time of the raid and were taken by child protective services workers, Murphy noted.

Co-defendants South and Bruce Tyler, 55, have already entered guilty pleas, Murphy said. South is scheduled to be sentenced on March 31, while no date was available for Tyler’s sentencing.

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