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Schoharie sheriffs bust meth lab
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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. - Authorities say information from the public led them to an apartment on Main Street in the village of Schoharie. They residents were concerned about the dangers of meth being sold in their community.

Schoharie residents Tood and Loreen Diamond were are facing conspiracy charges. Police said the couple had just returned to the area from the state of Kentucky.

"This is not the first time they've cooked a batch of meth there," said DEA assistant special agent in charge James Burns.

Federal agents, along with the Schoharie County Sheriff's Department raided the apartment Thursday to put the breaks on an operation they said is becoming a growing problem in New York State.

"In fact, so far this year we have 21 reported incidents in New York State. All of last year there were 31," Burns said.

He said that's on par to surpass last year's numbers. He believes part of the reason is because it's a lot easier to create meth. He said now all you need is a 2 liter plastic bottle and you get your chemicals. Many of those chemicals are available in normal household products according, he said. But the danger is, they can explode, costing lives and contaminate the environment. Burns said taxpayers have to foot the clean up bill that can run into the thousands of dollars.

Methamphetamine is also extremely addictive and can drive its users crazy and ruin their lives.

"It'll rot your teeth out. People with their teeth falling out they call it the meth mouth," Burns said.

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