GOUVERNEUR Four people were jailed on felony drug charges following a raid Tuesday afternoon on a house at 336 County Route 11.
The homes residents, Randy H. Reynolds Jr., 35, and his wife, Jaclyn D. Reynolds, 45, both were charged with felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, misdemeanor criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and two misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for meth and heroin. Facing the same charges are Caleb L. Rayburn, 26, and Jessie L. Young, 25. Neither Mr. Rayburn nor Ms. Young has a fixed address.
Village police said they were accompanied by St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force members when they executed a search warrant at 2 p.m. Tuesday after a monthlong investigation.
Police said they found meth laboratory equipment including a gas generator, chemical reagents, solvents and by products. Because of dangerous acids, flammable materials and other meth ingredients, police said they requested the state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team to come to the house.
Police said the suspects were using a shake-and-bake method, using a plastic soda or Gatorade bottle with a surgical tube inserted as a gas generator. Most of the chemicals they used can be purchased at any hardware store.
Drug task force investigators said they were not sure how much meth the four allegedly were producing in a single batch. Most shake-and-bake operations produce 1 to 5 grams of meth, depending on a cooks experience.
Authorities said that although the investigation is ongoing, they believe the four suspects were using their product as well as distributing it.
The house had six residents, and the investigation may lead to more charges, police said.
The four suspects were arraigned in Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton. Mr. Reynolds was held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond; Mrs. Reynolds was held on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond; Mr. Rayburn was held without bail; and Ms. Young was held on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.
Assisting village police were members of the sheriffs office, the Ogdensburg Police Department, state police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations agents.