Tioga County meth lab raided, six arrested

Scott Cole

State police say they've arrested six people after a raid at a rural upstate New York home uncovered an active methamphetamine lab.

Officials say local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation into meth production at the home in the Tioga County town of Newark Valley, 10 miles northwest of Binghamton.

On Tuesday, the state police Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at the home and arrested three men and three women, including the man and woman who live at the residence.

Police say they seized processed meth, hypodermic needles, numerous items associated with the manufacture of the drug, and a .410 gauge shotgun.

Police arrested: Scott A. Cole, 23, of Newark Valley; Jamie Swackhammer, 29, of Newark Valley; Bryan Burkard, 31, of Berkshire; Theresa Cochran, 48, of Caroline; Kara Smithgall, 23, of Endicott; and Melanie Short, 28, of Berkshire.

All six suspects were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and were arraigned in the Town of Newark Valley court. They were all remanded to the Tioga County Jail without bail.