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LISBON — Three St. Lawrence County men were charged Wednesday with being in possession of the ingredients for making methamphetamine.

Troopers charged David R. Woodward, 41, Heuvelton, Terry P. Pitts, 37, Lisbon, and Jordan M. Gleeson, 26, Heuvelton, each with felony criminal possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. They were charged following a traffic stop in the town of Lisbon.

State police spokeswoman Jennifer V. Fleishman said the three men were stopped by troopers when they were driving on County Route 28 with smoke pouring out from the vehicle’s exhaust.

“That’s when the trooper found them to be in possession of the ingredients,” Trooper Fleishman said. “He then contacted our undercover state police Narcotics Enforcement Unit members.”

The men allegedly were found to be in possession of muriatic acid, lighter fuel, lithium batteries, syringes and numerous boxes of Sudafed, an over-the-counter cold remedy that contains an ingredient used in the drug’s production.

One of the men charged was under police surveillance, narcotics unit Investigator Steven R. Bos said. The name of the suspect under surveillance was not released, but Mr. Bos said the suspect had been going to pharmacies in Ogdensburg to purchase Sudafed and other methamphetamine ingredients.

Trooper Fleishman said cold and allergy medications such as Sudafed, Allegra and Zyrtec contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine, a major ingredient in meth. She said those medications, and medications like them, cannot be purchased without giving information to pharmacists including license number, name, address and, in some places, their phone number.

“Pharmacists collect your information and you sign your name so that the pharmacist can keep track of who is purchasing Sudafed,” Trooper Fleishman said. “We occasionally have troopers go into various pharmacies and check those logs and look for patterns. It is kind of like intelligence collecting.”

Mr. Woodward, the driver, also was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing Suboxone without a prescription and for an inadequate exhaust.

Mr. Gleeson additionally was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of hypodermic needles and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing Vicodin without a prescription.

All three were issued tickets for Town Court.

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