Mobile meth lab found after traffic stop, police say

A Canton Police Car leaves the station, 60 Main St, Canton, NY

CANTON — A Saturday evening traffic stop led village police to discovering a mobile meth lab.

Village police Saturday charged Jesse Anson, 39, 14 Court St., Edwards, with the A-II felony of second-degree criminal possession and felony third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

He also was charged with the misdemeanors of second-degree criminal impersonation, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.

Police said it was about 5:30 p.m. when they conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Mountain Mart at 103 E. Main St. where Mr. Anson falsely identified himself, denying he had identification and said he was 33-year-old Edward J.L. Anson, and that his brother, Jesse, fled to New Jersey, in order to evade an active arrest warrant.

Police said further investigation uncovered Mr. Anson had multiple active mobile meth labs inside the vehicle. Town Justice Michael R. Morgan signed a search warrant and police contacted the state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, which responded and processed the evidence and mitigated the volatile chemicals used in the lab.

Mr. Anson was arraigned in Canton Town Court by Justice Morgan and was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, state police and the Canton Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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