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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Bath-area residents charged with producing meth

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  • A Steuben County Grand Jury has handed up a 19-count indictment against a group of Bath-area residents allegedly involved with the production of meth.
    The grand jury indicted Jason R. Lewis, 31, David M. Mendez, 34, Jordan Smith, 29, Anthony Swimely, 30, Christina Wood, 30, and others not named in the partially sealed indictment, according to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker.
    The charges included second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A-II felony; second-degree conspiracy, a Class B felony; and other felony and misdemeanor charges associated with the possession and production of meth.
    The indictment followed an investigation by New York State Police, the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Steuben County Department of Social Services.
    A meth lab was found after a search warrant was executed at a Town of Bath residence in April, and two ounces of meth was confiscated, Baker said.
    Although the defendants weren’t caught selling the drug, the amount they were making indicates they were, Baker said.
    The defendants are facing charges not just for cooking meth, but also for being involved in other aspects of making the powerfully addictive drug, said Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker.
    “Some were cooking, some were buying Sudafed, some were buying the other chemicals necessary, some were supplying the equipment, and some were simply helping to cook the stuff,” he said.
    The indictments reflect a new approach to fighting the area’s meth problem – that everyone involved in a meth operation will be prosecuted at the same level as those who cook or sell it, Baker says.

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