ATTLEBORO — A search warrant at a North Attleboro residence revealed a methamphetamine lab, leading to the arrest of two suspects in connection with the production of a Class B substance according to Massachusetts State Police.
The warrant was executed at 35 Heather Street on January 15 as the result of a State Police Lab Enforcement Team investigation in conjunction with local police which spanned several months. Police arrested Jamie Nickerson, 39, and Shannon Daley, 38, on charges including the manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of a Class B narcotic, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Both were arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Monday pending further criminal charges.
Daley, who pleaded innocent, was held without bail after being revoked bail on an existing charge of shoplifting. Nickerson was taken by ambulance to Sturdy Memorial Hospital following the arraignment as a result of a pre-existing medical condition, according to court officers.
State Police report that a Special Tactical Operations Team raided the residence on January 15 and discovered four individuals, including Nickerson, Daley and two unidentified suspects, in the basement where methamphetamine was actively being cooked. Officers also located both a quantity of the completed product along with a supply of syringes. Given the highly toxic nature of the substance, the residence was evacuated by a local Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit.
Once the residence had been secured, police seized a plastic container of liquid and a coffee filter which tested positive for methamphetamine, a liquid sample from a one-pot methamphetamine lab and ingredients consistent with the production of methamphetamine, including lithium batteries, mineral salts, five packages of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine and cold medication, a piece of cut hose and a package of coffee filters.
“These items are indicative of, for lack of a better term, a methamphetamine cooking lab,” Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Kendal Poirier said during the proceedings.
The investigation into the suspects began in October as the result of being identified in a federal database tracking sales of over-the-counter allergy and cold medications for the potential production of methamphetamine. Surveillance indicated that Nickerson and Daley attempted to make purchases at pharmacies in North Attleboro, Attleboro and Pawtucket, RI according to Poirier and court records.
The case has been continued until the end of the month.
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