Rolling drug factory found in Austerlitz, N.Y.
AUSTERLITZ, N.Y. -- New York State Police found what they're calling a clandestine drug lab in the town of Austerlitz, N.Y., just across the Massachusetts border from West Stockbridge.
No arrests have been made in the case, but a Colonie man allegedly involved in the operation was shot in the head during an unrelated gunbattle with police in Albany County overnight Wednesday. Police were questioning him on Thursday.
It started when a New York state trooper stopped a Saturn with four occupants who weren't wearing seat belts in Ghent, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon, he smelled a strong odor of chemicals and noticed the car was stuffed full of drug-making paraphernalia, according to police.
The four men, all from Colonie, were taken for questioning to a nearby state police barracks and Konig Road, where they were stopped, was closed for 12 hours as authorities worked to secure the volatile chemicals.
One of the men had been staying at an Austerlitz campground, where the lab had originally been set up in tents at a campsite. He pulled up stakes and was picked up by the other three men after another friend, 21-year-old Augostino Jubrey, had been in a hit-and-run accident.
Jubrey had returned to Colonie and was shot in the head after a gunbattle with Colonie Police and a Columbia County deputy. Jubrey allegedly opened fire on them when they showed up at his residence to question him about the accident.
Jubrey remains in stable condition in an Albany hospital, according to police.
The Austerlitz site also had to be remediated, said police.
New York State Police senior investigator Gary Mazzacano said everything was sent to a lab for testing and the results would dictate the charges. None of the men stopped in Ghent have been arrested as of yet, said Mazzacano.
New York State Police Capt. Scott Brown said it was unclear what kind of drugs they were making, but may have been methamphetamine or ecstasy.
"This stuff is out there," said Brown. "It's in the New England-New York corridor. The good news is that it's not saturated with it."
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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