BROCTON - Three Brocton residents face drug charges that could reach the federal level after a bust at the Ellicott Estates on Saturday morning.
Austin T. Syper, 35, Brian R. Saden, 40, and Susan E. Spontaneo, 29, all of Lot 4 at Ellicott Estates, 5772 Ellicott Road, were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine after a check-the-well-being call led Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies to a working methamphetamine lab in the trailer.
Deputies responded to the call to check on the well-being of a female at the trailer. According to police, once they arrived, Spontaneo said there may be a problem with Syper, who was inside the trailer. While inside the trailer at Lot 4, a deputy located Syper, Saden and a working methamphetamine lab.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, sheriff’s deputies and local fire departments responded to Lot 4 of the Ellicott Estates in Portland on Saturday and found a methamphetamine lab at the scene.
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All three suspects were then detained and the deputy called for further assistance.
\The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force responded to the scene along with the Brocton and Portland volunteer fire departments and Chautauqua County Hazmat. The scene was later rendered safe by the STRDTF and the Hazmat team.
A search warrant was then obtained for the residence from Robert L. Myers, Portland town justice, and a search was subsequently conducted by the DEA's Clandestine Lab Team along with the STRDTF. As a result of the search, all three suspects were charged and later arraigned by Myers in town court. They were taken to Chautauqua County Jail where they are currently being held pending further court action.
As a result of the processing of evidence at the scene, all three will be facing additional felony charges, according to police.
The STRDTF will also consult with the U.S. Attorney's Office to determine if the charges will remain at the state level or be taken to the federal level.
The STRDTF is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and the Dunkirk Police Department.
Authorities continue to ask for the public's assistance when they observe narcotics-related activity within their communities. Confidential information can be left at 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.