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Meth lab discovered in Altona

— While one man sat with the children in a home in Altona, police pulled over a woman for speeding.

They found drugs in the car and eventually discovered a meth lab in the home the children lived in.

Now, three people face felony charges linked to the discovery of the methamphetamine and lab.

Early this week, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department deputies pulled over Karissa M. Fleming, 26, of Altona for speeding on State Route 11 in Ellenburg Depot at roughly 4 p.m.

Law enforcement searched the vehicle and found numerous controlled substances, hypodermic needles and ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Under questioning, Jessica M. Miller, 30, of Altona, admitted to police that she cooked methamphetamine at her Altona home at 4962 Military Turnpike.

Members of the Sheriff’s Department and Adirondack Drug Task Force, along with federal agents, searched the home and found a meth lab.

Charles W. Giddings, 28, of Altona, was at the home with Miller’s two young children.

An emergency medical services crew evaluated the children and determined they were in good health.

Miller was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. She was also charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of possession of a hypodermic instrument, all misdemeanors.

Giddings was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony, and two counts of a endangering the welfare of a child.

Fleming was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving with ability impaired by drugs and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as a violation for speeding.

They were arraigned in Town of Altona Court.

Miller and Giddings were sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond, and Fleming was jailed on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.

Additional charges are pending.

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