Lewis County man arrested in meth raid; law enforcers say multiple one-pot labs found

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TOWN OF DENMARK — A 60-year-old man was taken into custody following a search warrant executed at his home where several methamphetamine labs were discovered Friday.

Investigators said the Lewis County Drug Task Force, assisted by the state police Special Operation Response Team, Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, the Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team and Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 3511 Deer River Road at
5:55 a.m. as a result of a five-month methamphetamine investigation.

During the search, investigators said they found eight spent one-pot methamphetamine labs, two gas generators and numerous components used to manufacture the drug.

A digital scale was also recovered, according to
the law enforcement investigators.

As a result, resident James D. Barker was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a class D felony; and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

The investigation continues and more charges are pending, investigators said.

Barker was arraigned before Lewis County Court Judge Daniel King and was released on his own recognizance to re-appear, the law enforcers added.

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