NORTH CONWAY MAN CHARGED WITH METH LAB

by Christian Mower on December 23, 2013

IN WHAT CONWAY POLICE SAY IS THE FIRST EVER DISCOVERY OF ITS KIND WITHIN TOWN LIMITS, A 32-YEAR-OLD NORTH CONWAY MAN IS CHARGED WITH OPERATING A METHAMPHETAMINE LAB.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS BASED ON A NUMBER OF TIPS ABOUT A POSSIBLE METH LAB, OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS FROM NORTH CONWAY AND CONWAY RESPONDED TO A SINGLE FAMILY HOME AT 43 CRAWFORD HOLLOW ABOUT 11 A.M. SUNDAY.

PERLEY SAYS THEY DID DISCOVER AN ACTIVE METH LAB AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TECHNICIANS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RENDERED ANY CHEMICALS SAFE. AFTER GETTING A SEARCH WARRANT, THE HOME WAS THEN SEARCHED FOR EVIDENCE BY MEMBERS OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE DRUG TASK FORCE AND THE U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

THE HOME IS NEXT TO WHITAKER WOODS AND ABOUT A THOUSAND YARDS FROM THE JOHN FULLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

A DOG AND A CAT WERE REMOVED FROM THE HOUSE AND PERLEY SAYS THERE IS NO DANGER FROM IT TO NEIGHBORS.

SHORTLY BEFORE 2 P.M. SUNDAY POLICE ARRESTED A SUSPECT IN THE CASE, IDENTIFIED AS 32-YEAR-OLD TROY BARNES. HE’S CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DRUG WITH INTENT TO COMPOUND METHAMPHETAMINE, A CHARGE PUNISHABLE BY UP TO 15 YEARS IN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PRISON AND UP TO $500,000 IN FINES.

BARNES APPEARED IN DISTRICT COURT IN CONWAY MONDAY AFTERNOON AND HIS BAIL WAS SET AT $10,000 CASH.

PERLEY PRAISES THE PROFESSIONALISM AND SKILL OF THE HAZMAT TEAMS IN DEALING WITH THE SITUATION. HE SAYS METH IS NOT ONLY A DANGEROUS DRUG BUT ITS MANUFACTURE PRODUCES SIGNIFICANT TOXIC VAPORS AND A FIRE HAZARD THAT CAN SPONTANEOUSLY EXPLODE.

HE SAYS IT’S A SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD NOT ONLY FROM A DRUG ABUSE STANDPOINT BUT FROM A PUBLIC SAFETY STANDPOINT AND CONWAY NEEDS TO TAKE NOTICE AND RESPOND SERIOUSLY AND SWIFTLY BECAUSE THE SCOURGE OF METH “WILL SWEEP OUR COMMUNITY JUST LIKE IT HAS THE REST OF THE NATION.”

PERLEY SAYS BARNES HAS A PRIOR CONVICTION ON A DRUG CHARGE. HE’S DUE BACK IN COURT JAN. 7, 2014.

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