From left: Brian A. James, Susan M. Klish

Pair charged after 51 meth pots seized in Madison County drug raid

Published Sep 21, 2018 at 4:00pm

CITY OF ONEIDA — A total of 51 portable methamphetamine labs were seized during a drug raid on Canal Road in Madison County this week.

Sheriff’s deputies said Brian A. James, 34, and Susan M. Klish, 59, were taken into custody during the raid at 1720 Canal Road. Deputies said the pair were involved in the large-scale production of meth, as well as the disposal of hazardous chemicals at the residence.

A total of 51 one-pot meth labs — typically a 2-liter bottle — were located at the residence, along with manufacturing equipment and two rifle magazines, authorities said. The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called to the scene to dispose of the chemicals.

Both James and Klish are charged with one count each of second-degree possession of meth-making materials, unlawful disposal of meth materials and fifth-degree conspiracy, deputies said. James is additionally charged with one count each of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, authorities stated.

The pair were arraigned in City Court. James was sent to county jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond, and Klish was released on her own recognizance. They are both scheduled to reappear in court.