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Speed stop at Philadelphia exposes meth supplies in van

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PHILADELPHIA — A Jefferson County deputy sheriff pulled over a van early Wednesday for speeding and discovered that the nervous driver from Clinton County allegedly had ingredients to make methamphetamine.

Scott J. LeClair, 48, Churubusco, was placed in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Watertown, following arraignment in LeRay Town Court on charges of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, false personation, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and speeding.

Bail was set at $15,000 by LeRay Town Justice George E. Mead III.

Found in the van driven by Mr. LeClair were lye from a drain cleaner, rubbing alcohol, cold packs, Coleman fuel, lithium batteries, a hair dryer, a Mason jar containing meth residue, tubing and a small blender with filters, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Mr. LeClair allegedly admitted to the deputy, Jeffrey M. Froelich, that he and another person had used the materials to make meth, the deputy said.

Deputy Froelich said he halted the southbound van at 1:11 a.m. on Route 11 in the village after he got a radar reading of 45 mph in a 30-mph zone. When he approached the van, he said, he found Mr. LeClair “visibly shaking.” He also said he noticed on the passenger-seat floor a dinner plate and a plastic bag containing cold pack medicine, “which I know from my police narcotic training to be used in the production of crystal meth.”

Mr. LeClair, who also is charged with initially using his brother’s name, Toby F. LeClair, made admissions when asked what he had in the van, the deputy said. At that point, the deputy radioed for backup patrols and the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force.

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