Where there’s smoke there may be meth, concludes trooper

TOWN OF LENOX — Two Madison County men have been charged with making methamphetamine in a garage after a passing state trooper noticed a suspicious fire Wednesday.

Sullivan-based state police said Trooper Miles Robertson was patrolling on North Main Street in Lenox at about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 when he spotted a large fire with black smoke coming from behind a residence at 8283 North Main St. Robertson stopped to investigate, and resident Clifford J. Congdon, 32, told the trooper that he was just burning some household trash in a barrel.

But that is a violation of a town ordinance, and Robertson investigated further. Authorities said the trooper found materials and equipment in the garage that are used to make methamphetamine. Troopers said Congdon and Henry L. Whitmeyer, 28, of 8764 Lewis Point Road, Canastota, had been making meth in that garage behind the residence.

Both men were taken into custody on a charge of unlawfully manufacturing meth, a class D felony, troopers said. They were arraigned and sent to county jail.