Three arrested in multiple meth labs bust

Published Feb 17, 2017 at 12:00pm

A traffic stop in the Freedom Plaza parking lot not only uncovered a mobile meth lab in the vehicle, but also led law enforcers to a larger cooking operation at 207 W. Bloomfield St., according to law enforcement officials.

Three people have been taken into custody for manufacturing methamphetamine, said Captain Timothy J. Bates this morning. Multiple one-pot meth labs have been found so far.

“We know that there are more one-pot labs in the house,” Bates said.

The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was on scene this morning cleaning the volatile chemicals out of the residence in the 200 block of W. Bloomfield St.

Resident Eric B. Tribbett, 30, of West Bloomfield Street, along with Daniel J. Hallowell, 32, and Andrea S. Lamphier, 30, both of Fourth Street, were pulled over for a traffic infraction by Officer Brian Stevens at about 5:55 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Freedom Plaza on Erie Boulevard, authorities stated. While interviewing the trio, police said the officer discovered a one-pot mobile meth lab in the vehicle.

Mobile meth labs usually involve a 2-liter bottle, in which the chemicals and ingredients cook together to create meth. Police said Stevens also found some of the ingredients used to cook meth inside the vehicle.

The Detective Division was called to the scene and learned of additional one-pot meth labs at Tribbett’s residence. Police secured a search warrant and visited the property, where Bates said they discovered several more mobile labs inside.

Police secured the property and the state police meth lab team arrived this morning to clean out the chemicals.

Tribbett, Lamphier and Hallowell were taken into custody on Thursday. Police said all three are charged with one count of third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, a class D felony.

They were held in lockup overnight to await arraignment today in City Court.

Bates said additional charges are possible.

According to city tax records, the property on West Bloomfield Street is owned by Angelo and Dorothy Norelli.