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Raid on Sylvan Beach garage results in discovery of an alleged meth lab

By Gary Liberatore

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (WKTV) - A drug enforcement team made up of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies executed a no-knock search warrant on a two stall garage in Sylvan Beach early Monday morning, landing the man inside that garage, in jail.

New York State Police Troop D Spokesperson Trooper Jack Keller says 43 year old Wallace James Edick, who goes by the name of 'Jamie' was found inside that garage and was taken into custody without incident.

Police say an unidentified female was also in the garage at the time of the raid, but has not been charged.

The property is on Vienna Rd., about a half mile from the center of town.

More than two dozen law enforcement vehicles and officers were on the scene for much of the day Monday.

Keller says Edick lives in the home on the property with his father, who owns it.

Edick's father is not facing any charges, and according to Keller was at work at the time of the raid.

Keller says an 18 month investigation led to Monday morning's search warrant execution, but wouldn't give any details as to what evidence the authorities had that led to the raid and Edick's arrest.

Edick appeared in federal court in Syracuse around noon on Monday on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
According to a U.S. District Court spokesperson, no plea was entered, but Edick is due to appear in federal court again next week.

Jim Clapper, who lives across the road from the Edick's in Sylvan Beach, says he moved in several months ago and has spent time with Edick, "I was real surprised, because I go over there and borrow tools, go over there talked to him, let him have a cigarette, I am really shocked."

Keller says State Police were called to the same Vienna Rd. home two and a half years ago, in March of 2011, because Edick suffered an overdose, and that led to the discovery of another drug making operation in the same garage.

Edick pleaded guilty in 2011 to unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and spent four months in state prison, but Keller says these latest charges are federal charges, and entail a lot more jail time in a federal prison, if convicted.

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