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Meth lab bust shows evidence of area drug problem

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A meth lab bust puts one man in jail, while the search continues for another suspect. It happened in the Town of Cayuta. As our Lara Greenberg tell us, the Schuyler County Sheriff is concerned about the county's drug problem and is now asking people for help.

CAYUTA, N.Y. -- An unusual amount of people and smoke near a shed is what caught the attention of some neighbors in the Town of Cayuta Monday night. It led to a meth lab bust on State Route 224 Tuesday, where the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office arrested 26-year-old Jason Miller.

"We were fortunate in this case for people in the area to phone in something they saw suspicious. And in this case, it developed into something that action was taken immediately," said Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman.

Miller is being held at Schuyler County jail on $50,000 cash bail for manufacturing meth. A warrant has also been issued for 32-year-old Frank Barra of Montour Falls, who was on the property Tuesday.

The Sheriff calls the bust a success.

"Labs, they're set up for a few hours and then they're gone. So it's very difficult to actually catch people in the act," said Yessman.

Yessman says the rural nature of the county makes it easy for people to set up meth labs on the go. But meth isn't the only drug people in the county are abusing.

"A major problem in our county and throughout the area is prescription drug abuse and sales. It's very readily available to people. You know, relatives have it in their medicine chests. Prescriptions are fairly easily obtained," he said.

But like Tuesday's bust, the County Sheriff hopes people will continue to report suspicious activity.

If you have any information regarding suspicious activity or the whereabouts of Frank Barra, call the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office at (607) 535-8222 or email tips@co.schuyler.ny.us.

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