Arrested Twice In 8 Days For Allegedly Making MethPosted: Updated:
Ogdensburg police say suspects in a meth making operation went right back to it just days after being arrested.
The police department's Narcotics Enforcement Unit returned to 605 Montgomery Street in the city Tuesday night. During the raid, police said they found components commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.
“It catches you off guard to see police pulling up and racing everywhere. On the other hand, it's comforting because they're actually doing something about all these issues next door,” said Elizabeth Coffin.
The homeowner, 42 year old Jaret Langstaff and his live-in girlfriend, 34 year old Amanda Fleegle, were arrested.
Langstaff and Fleegle were charged last week with making meth following a raid at their home on February 25. Police said the two were released under probation supervision and went right back to making meth.
A third suspect, 41 year old Louis LaFlair of 1157 County Route 4, Ogdensburg, was also arrested in the latest bust.
Langstaff, Fleegle and LaFlair were charged with felony counts of third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Neighbors along the street said they saw all kinds of people at all hours in and out of 605 Montgomery Street all week. And, they said, they smelled the meth cooking again.
Langstaff and Fleegle were both released after their arraignment last week. No bail was set. This week was different. Bail was set at $25,000 for each. Both pleaded not guilty. So did LaFlair, who's being held on $15.000 bail.
Four hours after the Montgomery Street bust, police were busy again. This time at 102 Ogden Street. Police say arrests there will be forthcoming.
“We heard a loud bang and it sounded like something fell or was rumbling down the stairs. When I poked my head out, there were officers in the back here telling me to just go back inside and everything was under control,” said Steven LaCharite, who lives on Ogden Street.
Then he had to explain what was a happening to his 10 year old daughter.
“I tell her that it's bad sometimes; in the world there's bad people that do bad things and the police are good people that are going to take care of those bad people,” he said.
Ogdensburg police were assisted in the Montgomery Street investigation by the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the New York State Police, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Village of Gouverneur Police Department, and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.