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Canastota man charged after mobile meth lab discovered in Sullivan

By WKTV News

SULLIVAN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Authorities say it was keen observation skills and excellent police work during routine patrol that are responsible for the discovery of a mobile methamphetamine lab early Monday morning by Sheriff's Deputies in the Town of Sullivan.

A dark colored pickup truck, occupied by Leonard Seth Spadter, 31, of Canastota was found on a remote section of Ditchbank Road in the early morning hours of Monday, May 28. Deputies approached the vehicle and initiated discussion with Spadter regarding his presence at the location.

A State Police K9 narcotics unit arrived and conducted an exterior walk-around of the vehicle, which yielded the canine's attention to various locations of the truck, resulting in a search of the vehicle. Authorities said this led to the discovery of numerous items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.

When the search shifted to the rear area of the truck, an active meth cook process was located. Deputies immediately halted their search and retreated a safe distance to await the arrival of the NYS Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team for further
search and investigation.

The search completed by the State Police team yielded more drug related items including finished methamphetamine product.

Spadter was charged with criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, third-degree criminal possession of narcotics/drugs with intent to sell and second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine material.

He was arraigned in the Town of Lincoln Court and is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on $15,000 cash bail or $50,000 secured bond. He is due back in court at a date to be determined to answer his charges.

Sheriff Allen Riley stated that the arrest of Spadter is a big step in the battle against ongoing meth problems in Madison County, and praised the multi-agency cooperation that results in these types of arrests. In addition to Madison County Sheriff's Deputies, New
York State Police and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation assisted with this incident.

At no time during this incident were any residents in danger, the Sheriff said.

The investigation will continue and other interviews will take place, said Riley.

Investigators can be reached at (315) 366-2429 if anyone has additional information on any drug activity.

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