Howell sentence to 4 years of prison for possession of “meth”

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III announced today that Megan A. Howell (5-3-85) 16 Plank Road, Lot 2, North Creek Mobile Village, Greenfield, NY  12833 (mug shot attached) was sentenced today to 4 years in State Prison and 2 years of post-release supervision by Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano as a result of her  guilty plea to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree “B” Felony in violation of section 220.16 (7) on January 14, 2014.  This plea and sentence stems from an incident that occurred on October 6, 2013 in the Town of Greenfield wherein she and two others were found in possession of methamphetamines as well as materials that are typically used to manufacture “meth”.  

The materials and “meth” were discovered in the mobile home she was living in at the time, based on a tipprovided to New York State Police Wilton, CNET (Community Narcotics Enforcement Team) and CCERT (Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team) officers.  Law enforcement members responded with a search warrant, entered the mobile home and immediately discovered the controlled substances and the manufacturing material.  They took the occupants into custody and gathered evidence from the crime scene.  In addition, CCERT secured the scene as the “cooking” of meth is dangerous as the substances are highly volatile.  They removed all volatile and toxic materials from the scene. One occupant was less than one year old and another was a teenage boy.  CPS was notified and took appropriate action regarding the children.

Co-defendants Marlinea South and Bruce Tyler have already entered pleas of guilty relative to their respective charges and South is scheduled to be sentenced on  March 31, 2014.

DA Murphy said “Meth is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug and this is the first significant meth case and first meth lab in our county.  It is reassuring that the New York State Police had resources to rapidly respond to a highly toxic and volatile crime scene in the middle of a dense neighborhood .  I am thankful that no one in close proximity was harmed in any way, while the defendant spends the next four years in prison.”