Manufacture of meth, grand larceny charges among June indictments

NORWICH - A Chenango County grand jury met earlier last week to determine indictments for the month of June, 2016 and subsequently decided that there was enough evidence against five individuals to charge them with at least one felony level crime.

Richard L. Brewer Sr., 52, of Smyrna, was indicted on two felony counts. Brewer was charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony; and one count of unlawful disposal of meth lab material, a class E felony.



It is alleged that Brewer, on June 3, 2016, at a residence on County Road 18, in the Town of Pharsalia, while acting in concert with another, did knowingly and with intent to use, possessed pseudoephedrine, sulfuric acid, lithium metal, white gas, ether, plastic bottles, coffee grinders and coffee filters to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine.

The second felony charge alleges that Brewer, at the aforesaid time and place, and while acting in concert with another, did knowingly dispose of meth lab material by placing plastic bottles, lithium batteries, starting fluid cans, coleman fuel cans, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine blister packs and other meth by-products in multiple burn piles, located behind his residence. This act created a substantial risk to human safety and a danger to the environment.

Gwenda J. Knapp, 47, of Smyrna, was indicted on two felony counts. Knapp was charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony; and one count of unlawful disposal of meth lab material, a class E felony.


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