Press Release - Two charged with possession and manufacture of methamphetamine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On 08-14-2012 Members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division arrested Annilace P. Wills, age 30 and Rick T. Currier, age 38, no current address and believed to be homeless, were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the second degree (Class A-II Felony) and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the third degree (Class D Felony) following an investigation into the possession and manufacture of methamphetamine in the Town of Seneca Falls.
Information was received that a homeowner suspected that two recent guests, may had left behind methamphetamine and components to manufacture methamphetamine after they were asked to vacate a home on Porter Street following a dispute on Sunday, August 13, 2012.
Wills and Currier reportedly came to New York from the State of Louisiana on about July 29, 2012 and had been living in the Town of Seneca Falls since their arrival. It is believed Wills and Currier had been living on the streets in Seneca Falls since Sunday.
On Monday, August 14, 2012, the homeowner became suspicious after observing various drug related items discarded in a trash container and contacted the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Seneca County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Investigators and Seneca Falls Police responded to the Porter Street residence where they located various components and precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) responded to the scene and arranged for the proper disposal of the drug making components.
Sheriff’s deputies located Wills and Currier at the Seneca County Department of Social Services where they were applying for emergency housing assistance. Both were taken into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed that the two had recently “cooked” methamphetamine in a wooded area in the northwest area in the Town of Seneca Falls. This location was located and determined to be safe by the Seneca Falls Police Department.
“This is a clear example of a person who saw something that peaked their suspicion and contacted law enforcement to investigate. This is the sixth methamphetamine lab or disposal site we have been involved with this year in Seneca County. Components to commonly manufacture methamphetamine are readily available over the counter and separately pose no threat; however, when put together during the meth cooking process, these components become highly volatile. Often the remnants of the cooking process are discarded in trash containers or disposed of along the highway” said Sullivan. “Anyone who observes discarded plastic soda bottles, tubing, cold packs, lithium batteries, drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine blister packs, aluminum foil, sodium hydroxide or ammonium nitrate are urged to contact law enforcement to investigate. Often the contents of these plastic soda bottles used in methamphetamine manufacture are still in a state of chemical reaction and pose an explosion hazard if not properly handled and disposed of” continued Undersheriff Sullivan.
Sullivan credited the work of not only Sheriff’s Investigators but also Seneca Falls Police and the New York State Police CCSERT who were on the scene throughout the day on Monday.
Wills and Currier were arraigned in Seneca Falls Town Court and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail/$100,000 secured bond. Both are to reappear in the Seneca Falls Town Court on 08-17-12 at 3pm