Meth lab busted in Fredonia

Charges and arrests are pending after a reported drug raid in the village of Fredonia Monday morning.

Area police officials told the OBSERVER the raid took place at 13 Washington Ave. around 11 a.m. Individuals within the residence were allegedly running a methamphetamine laboratory.

“We conducted a search warrant and recovered some evidence there on Washington Avenue and had reason to believe that a methamphetamine lab was active there, at some point,” Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said. “It is under investigation and there will be more information released later.”

According to the 2013 tax roll, 13 Washington Ave. is owned by Dorothy Buszek. Fredonia Police Chief Bradley Meyers said it is a rental property and a single-family residence.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, along with the Fredonia Police and Fire departments, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Clandestine Laboratory Team and the Department of Environmental Conservation, responded to the drug raid.

The fire department provided a fully-staffed engine with certified self-contained breathing apparatus personnel, according to its Facebook page.

A press release is expected soon detailing names and charges once that information becomes available. As of Monday evening, no charges had officially been filed.

Drug Task Force officials could not be reached for comment on Monday evening.

This incident follows on the heels of another meth bust at 9587 Route 60 in the town of Pomfret on Jan. 18.

Three subjects were reportedly found inside the residence, along with two children under the age of five. Melanie Green, 37, of Silver Creek, Laura Lewetzski, 26, and Sara Tolbert, 35, both of Fredonia, have since been charged in the case.

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