OGDENSBURG -- City police say an Ogdensburg pair are charged with felonies after one of them jumped into the St. Lawrence River as a one-pot lab he was using to catch meth caught on fire.
On Friday, patrols responded to a report of suspicious activity on the waterfront of the St. Lawrence River, near the Patterson Street boat launch.
When patrols arrived, they did observe a male, who they identified as Matthew J. Hough, 43, of 834 Ford St. and a female, identified as Melissa S. Rider, 28, of 1017 Greene St. When Hough saw police approaching, he allegedly jumped into the St. Lawrence River with a one-pot methamphetamine lab, which he was using and had caught fire, police said.
After jumping in the water, Hough was ordered to bring the one pot back to the shoreline. However, police said he submerged the bottle and it sank to the bottom of the river.
Both Hough and Rider were also found to be in possession of several other components which are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, police allege.
As a result, Hough was charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of meth lab material, all felonies.
Rider is charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.