Canton police and St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force bust up Canton meth lab; 3 arrested
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 5:23 pm

CANTON – Responding to a tip of suspicious activity Tuesday, Canton Village Police and the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force busted up a methamphetamine lab and arrested three people.

The tip initiated an investigation into the production of methamphetamine at 25 Dies St. as Task Force officers went to the North Country Freedom Home location.

A small portable meth lab which had been partially disassembled was found, according to Canton Police Chief Victor Rycroft.

Some of the lab equipment was recovered inside the house and the rest was found in the woods behind the property.

Located on the property were several components used in the production of methamphetamine along with hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Because of the hazardous nature of the material, a Department of Environmental Conservation hazardous spill response team was called out to clean up the site and take away the hazardous materials.

Arrested were Mark R. Amo, 28, Hunter J. Casey, 30, and Andrew M. Larche, 25, all of the 25 Dies St. residence.

The suspects were all charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a Class D felony; and criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

The suspects were all sent to county jail, Amo on $15,000 cash bail, Casey on $10,000 cash bail, and Larche on $5,000 cash bail. Their case will be presented to the grand jury, Chief Rycroft said.

The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, SUNY Potsdam Police and the state DEC all assisted in the investigation.

More charges may be made as the investigation continues.