Howell pleads to possession of “meth” and expected to receive 4 years in prison 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 for the crime of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree “B” Felony in violation of section 220.16 (7).
This plea 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” was discovered in the mobile home she was living in at the time, based on a tip 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.
Sentencing for Ms. Howell has been scheduled for March 14, 2014 at 9:30am when it is expected that she will receive a sentence of 4 years in a state prison with between 1-2 years post release supervision. The other two defendants Marlinea South and Bruce Tyler have cases that are still pending. No action was taken on their cases today. DA Murphy said “Meth is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. 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 . The taxpayers are the ones who ultimately pay as the crime scene cleanup costs tens of thousands of dollars in order to remove the toxic waste, clean up and dispose of it, sanitize the scene and install the necessary precautions to protect the neighbors and the public from residual harm.”