WELLSVILLE, N.Y. — "I think if you're doing drugs within spitting distance of the police department, you're just asking to get your door kicked in," said Walt Mackney, Senior Investigator for the New York State Police.
Wellsville Police and drug officers executed a search warrant at a South Main Street apartment Thursday morning following a three-month-long investigation into drug activity.
Investigators say 28-year-old April Patterson and her husband, 36-year-old Jason Patterson, both of Wellsville, were arrested following the raid.
Police say filtering material and paper with written recipes as well as a shopping list of ingredients to make methamphetamine were found. Both April and Jason Patterson are facing several drug charges.
Police say tips prompted the investigations.
Chief Tim Walsh of the Wellsville Police Department said, “When we first started hearing of people using methamphetamines here and possibly even manufacturing the methampethine, we took it very seriously. They're not looking to make money. They're looking to keep themselves high so they're using what they have to and selling what they can."
"It's more, in most cases, of a personal use thing. It's not a widespread problem here at this time. We have, I think, a larger problem with the abuse of pharmaceuticals in this area," said Mackney.
The investigation continued at 25 Madison Street Thursday afternoon. The road was closed so that fire and police could monitor the situation after the environment was determined to be volatile.
"We have people in Hazmat suits that are going into the house to deal with chemicals and other evidence and things like that," said Captain Tim Talley of the New York State Police.
Police say four others were arrested in the drug bust, including a 17-year-old.
Two people who work near the Madison Street home say the arrests are startling.
"I think it's pretty shocking you know in small town USA, you don't really expect to see things like that. I'm about to move down the street and it makes me a little uncomfortable," said Kylie Stack.
"It's pretty crazy. it's something you think about if the buildings actually going to explode or not. Very flammable drug," said Nathan Jacobs.
All six are being held at the Allegany County Jail in lieu of bail.