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Meth production on an ‘upswing’ in St. Lawrence County

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The Saturday arrest of a city man alleged to have been producing methamphetamine at his home is the third meth-related arrest in St. Lawrence County in the last three months.

“It is definitely a growing problem in our area that is very concerning to law enforcement, and should be to the general public as well,” city police Detective Sgt. Robert H. Wescott said Tuesday.

City police arrested Mark A. Brossoit, 51, for allegedly possessing “numerous components” used in the manufacturing of meth. Mr. Wescott said more arrests are likely.

He said Mr. Brossoit allegedly had been manufacturing meth out of his 821 Main St. home and was under investigation for a few days before his arrest.

“His lab is what is considered a ‘one pot’ or ‘shake-and-bake’ lab,” Mr. Wescott said. “They are typically for personal use, and on average may produce about one to two grams. That is not to say that they may not share or sell what they are producing with other people.”

When investigators executed their search warrant at Mr. Brossoit’s residence, his lab allegedly had three “pots,” Mr. Wescott said. A “pot” is the size of a two-liter soda bottle, Mr. Wescott said. He said often meth manufacturers will use actual two-liter soda bottles to produce the drug.

The investigation was conducted by the city police department’s Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Unit, the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force, which includes members of the county sheriff’s department, and the Gouverneur Police Department.

Additional arrests may be pending.

Mr. Brossoit was arraigned Sunday in City Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail.

His arrest follows the Jan. 27 arrest of Eric S. Lalonde, 29, of 4555 Route 812, Heuvelton, and the Feb. 26 arrest of David R. Woodward, 41, and Jordan M. Gleeson, 26, both of Heuvelton, and Terry P. Pitts, 37, of Lisbon.

Mr. Lalonde was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both felonies.

The three men in the latter arrest were each charged with felony criminal possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine.

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