A 5 month investigation into the unlawful purchase of precursors used in the production of methamphetamine has resulted in the arrest of 15 Steuben County residents. The case centered in the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient found in Claritin, Sudafed and similiar products. Federal law limits the purchase of products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to no more than 3.6 grams per day, and no more than 9 grams in a 30-day period.
The 15 arrested allegedly actively purchased and attempted to purchase these precursors from several regional pharmacies and then either used the product to manufacture methamphetamine, or traded the product to known methamphetamine “cooks”, a practice referred to as “smurfing”. All of the defendants with one exception were charged with felony Falsifying Business Records.
The names of the suspects arrested is below:
–Michelle L. Croft; age 35; #765 Carriage Dr., Lindley, N.Y.
–Daniel R. Gillespie; age 40; #4445 St. Rt. #417, Jasper, N.Y.
–John L. Landsborough; age 51; #109 Howell St., Bath, N.Y.
–William S. Landsborough; age 33; #38 Ash St., Bath, N.Y.
–Joyce A. Lafave; age 50; #135 Water St., Bath, N.Y.
–Cody R. Shoemaker; age 29; #2619 Goff Rd., Corning, N.Y. (charged with Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials, 2nd)
–Jeremy I. Comfort; age 31; #10641 Pinewood Ave., Corning, N.Y.
–Melissa J. Sherman; age 37; #150 Ct. Rt. #115, Lindley, N.Y.
–Megan M. Preston; age 25, #69 Willow Dr., Painted Post, N.Y.
–Kerstyn M. Buck; age 20; #238 Scenic View Dr., Tioga, PA
–Kristina L. Jolley; age 48; #155 Victory Highway, Painted Post, N.Y.
–Patrick M. Rafferty; age 26; #144 Front St., Addison, N.Y
–William J. Trenchard; age 37; #6948 Rumsey St. Ext., Bath, N.Y.
–Chastity A. Stark; age 42; #54 W. Steuben St., Bath, N.Y.
–Jessica A. Austin; age 34; Holland-American Hotel; Bath, N.Y.
Each defendant was arraigned in local criminal court, pending Steuben County Grand Jury action.