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Major drug bust in the Southern Tier

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Major drug bust in the Southern Tier
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and guns are just some of the items seized during a recent drug bust. Now ten people are under arrest.

Two suspects, Matthew Roadcap and Misty Lawton, both of Richford, were arrested following a car chase with police.

Those arrested are charged with a variety of drug felonies and related crimes. Most are now being held at Broome or Tioga County jails.

Police say it's not surprising to find this combination of drugs with meth users.

"It's not really unique to find this variety of drugs. Generally meth users will use a variety of drugs and become poly drug users," said Lt. Patrick J. Garey with the New York State Police.

At the listed address of one suspect, some angry neighbors in Endwell rejected any drug affiliation in the area. Others were simply in disbelief.

"Totally shocked, very surprised. It's a very quiet neighborhood," said Tracy Coopeo.

While neighbors fervently denied that the home in Endwell belonged to one of the ten suspects, State Police confirmed that this was the listed address of Michael Gumaer, one of the most seriously charged of the ten. Gumaer was allegedly found with 30 packets of heroin and the products for making meth at the time of his arrest.

State Police say that where there is one meth manufacturer there are usually more.

"The estimate is that one meth manufacturer will teach ten more. And what happens, it's like spokes on a wheel. That person teaches ten and it just keeps going and going," added Lt. Garey.

Police say that while meth labs in the state are down since a statewide high of 73 five years ago, it's still a significant problem.

More arrests are expected as a result of these ten arrests.

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