Police Investigate Campground Meth Lab
New York State Police said a man who shot at police at his town of Colonie home Wednesday evening (July 20) and who was shot in the head by a local police officer, may have been involved in a clandestine laboratory that was discovered in a campground in the town of Austerlitz.
Troopers began their investigation when they conducted a traffic stop for motorists not wearing seatbelts while on Konig Road in the town of Ghent, the Mid-Hudson News reported. An officer noted a strong chemical smell and saw chemicals and paraphernalia associated with making illegal drugs which resulted in the deployment of the State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team. Konig Road was shut down for 12 hours while the chemicals were secured.
Investigation revealed one of the men in the car had been staying at an Austerlitz campground in tents since Monday where the lab was set up. It was abruptly dismantled after one of the campers was involved in a hit and run accident in Kinderhook and the two people disposed of the items in dumpsters at the campgrounds behind an apartment building in Ghent.
The landlord saw them and said he would call the police since they had no permission to use the dumpster. At that point, they loaded the lab contents into a friend’s car, which was then stopped by police.
The one camper and his three friends, all from the Albany area, were taken to the state police barracks in Livingston where they were interviewed and released pending further investigation and lab results. The second camper was Agostino Jubrey, 21, of Colonie, who was involved in the shootout with police. He was reported in critical but stable condition in the hospital.
The investigation is continuing.