Five people have been indicted on charges that they were making methamphetamine at a Bronson Street residence.
Joel R. Gillespie, 32, Kellie L. Belcher, 31, Edgar L. Richardson II, 35, and Shawn L. Exford, 22, all of Watertown, and Daniel L. Merritt, 37, LaFargeville, are each charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of the precursors to methamphetamine and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.
The charges were contained in grand jury indictments handed up Thursday in Jefferson County Court.
It is alleged that the five were involved in a methamphetamine lab discovered by Watertown police May 26 at 675 Bronson St. Police charged them with possessing a liquid substance containing methamphetamine with an aggregate weight of about 4 ounces.
Other indictments handed up include:
Alan L. Ricks Jr., 25, Evans Mills, and Antonio D. Beale, 24, Fort Drum, are charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a weapon. They were accused of possessing more than an eighth of an ounce of cocaine during a May 16 traffic stop on Route 342 in the town of Pamelia. It is also alleged that a loaded 9 mm pistol was found in the car, along with packaging for drugs to be resold and scales to weigh the drugs.
Drew M. Schroy, 17, Watertown, is charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia. It is alleged that he had and sold heroin three times in mid-May and that he possessed the drug with the intent to sell it two additional times in mid-May. It is also claimed that he had packaging for the drugs and scales to weigh the materials.
Stacey D. Surgick, 43, Albany, is charged with two counts each of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting prison contraband. It is alleged that he had three alprazolam and four buprenorphine pills secreted in her body March 24 while visiting Cape Vincent Correctional Facility.
Richard A. Gegeckas, 26, Evans Mills, is charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, as well as other traffic counts. It is alleged that he drove while intoxicated Nov. 2 on Central Street while his drivers license was suspended or revoked.