Watertown police allegedly find mobile meth lab during traffic stop

WATERTOWN, NY —  Christopher M. Skidmore, 50, of 8714 Middle Rd., Dexter, was charged by Watertown police at 9:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the 400 block of Newell Street with third-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, improper plates, exhaust violation, no inspection, unregistered motor vehicle and no insurance.

Police allege Mr. Skidmore possessed glass containers, coffee filters, plastic tubing, a grinder, pliers, cutting tools, paper towels, scales, the precursor ephedrine, the chemical reagents muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, ammonium nitrate, salt, lithium batteries, and the solvents white gas and alcohol at about 9:36 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of Newell Street.

He is also accused of possessing 2.5 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, according to court documents.

Mr. Skidmore allegedly provided the name of Steven B. Skidmore and a false date of birth with the intent of avoid being arrested on active bench warrants and operating a vehicle on a revoked status, police said.

He was also arrested on a bench warrant issued by City Court and held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building pending arraignment Tuesday morning.

He is summoned to appear March 13 to answer six traffic tickets, police said.

Police said there are also warrants for his arrest out of Florida, NY State Police and Jefferson County Court.