PLATTSBURGH – Police disrupted a meth lab operation in the town of Plattsburgh.
They arrested two individuals and evacuated several people, including a child, from the residence off Wallace Hill Road.
The raid comes on the heels of a similar operation just two days before when three individuals were arrested while in the midst of producing a batch of methamphetamines.
Law enforcement arrested Michael F. Meigs, 35, of Plattsburgh and Francis H. Estes, 20, of Keeseville. They face felony charges for unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.
The pair was arrested at Meigs’ home at 6 First St., which is located in the town of Plattsburgh off Wallace Hill Road.
An investigation by Plattsburgh City Police, the Adirondack Drug Task Force and New York State Police resulted in information that led to the raid.
Several people, including a child, were evacuated from the residence.
Just two days earlier, police raided a multi-family home at Eleanor Way in the city of Plattsburgh, arresting three individuals and closing down a meth lab.
The meth labs are not related but are part of an ongoing investigation aimed at breaking up such operations, which often communicate with each other.
More than 12 million Americans have tried methamphetamine, and 1.5 million are regular users, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Meth labs have been uncovered in all 50 states, though Missouri tops the list with 8,000.
Law enforcement agencies nationwide rank methamphetamine as one of the top drugs they battle today.
Agencies attribute an increase in robberies, burglaries, domestic violence, assaults and identity theft to meth, while 40 percent of child welfare officials reported an increase in out-
of-home placements in a year due to meth.
Besides the felony charges, Meigs and Estes also face several drug-related misdemeanor charges.
The investigation continues and more arrests are expected.