Police: Trio found with mobile meth labs in Lenox traffic stop


TOWN OF LENOX — Three people have been charged with drug possession and cooking methamphetamine after three mobile meth labs were found during a traffic stop in Madison Count. Sheriff’s deputies said a Honda Civic was pulled over as it entered a driveway on Route 5 in Lenox on Oct. 21 because one of the passengers, 30-year-old Nathan Buffington, of Chittenango, was wanted on a superior court warrant. While detaining Buffington, deputies said they searched the vehicle and found three active, portable meth labs cooking inside the vehicle.

Deputies said they also found a quantity of meth, measuring scales and packaging materials. Two other people in the car, 36-year-old Brandi Howlett, of Oneida, and 32-year-old Cale Ostrander, of Sullivan, were also taken into custody, authorities stated.

Buffington, Howlett and Ostrander are all charged with one count each of second, fourth and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, as well as third-degree unlawfully manufacturing meth, deputies said.

Buffington is additionally charged with two counts of second-degree use of drug paraphernalia and one count each of second-degree unlawfully manufacturing meth and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, deputies stated. Howlett was also charged with one count of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, authorities said. All three were arraigned in court and were sent to Madison County Jail without bail. They are scheduled to reappear in court.


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