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  • Police break up meth lab in Mohawk

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  • MOHAWK — Mohawk police discovered a methamphetamine lab at a village residence Monday afternoon.
    Police Chief Joseph Malone said Tuesday his agency received a tip from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department about a possible “one pot” meth lab at 8 Lock St. Mohawk and state police were dispatched to the scene and discovered a lab at the residence.
    Malone said state police assisted in the investigation since “they have a special team that deals with meth labs.”
    “We always work with the state [for these type of investigations] because they have specialized training and equipment,” he said. “We don’t deal with it enough.”
    Malone said there are hazards involved for officers responding to a possible meth lab because of the “toxic and dangerous” materials that may be present at the scene.
    “Just inhaling some of the chemicals can be hazardous,” he said.
    Malone, who is also chief for the Herkimer Police Department, said meth labs are something the departments see “from time to time.”
    “They’re making a comeback in this area,” he said. “The ingredients are so easy to get.”
    Malone said Tuesday morning charges are forthcoming.
    “We need to wait for the state police to give their final report,” he said.
    Malone also said the hazardous materials were removed from the home from an agency hired by the state.
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