Drug Task Force makes mobile meth lab bust in town of Brownville

WATERTOWN, NY — On 10/18/19, at about 2:25 pm, members of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force orchestrated a vehicle stop in the Town of Brownville with the assistance of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple persons occupied the suspect vehicle, a 2011 Nissan Versa, at the time of the stop. The vehicle stop was a result of an active drug/wanted person

A search warrant was obtained and executed on the vehicle and occupants.

As a result, materials and components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized, police said.

A backpack located inside the vehicle contained approximately 3.5 ounces of a liquid that contained methamphetamine, police said.

At the conclusion of the search warrant Everett W. Benway (age 47) was charged with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance  (class A-II felony) and one count of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine class D felony).

Mr. Benway was arraigned in the City of Watertown court by the Honorable Judge Renzi and was held without bail.

The Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Watertown Police Department, and NYSP CNET and CCSERT units. This investigation continues.

Additional arrests and charges are pending.