State Police uncovered a meth lab and confiscate then of thousands of dollars worth of heroin in Broome and Tioga counties. State Police say the drug busts are the culmination of month long investigations. Our Janelle Burrell has more.
SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. -- State Police say heroin is making a comeback in the Southern Tier.
"Over the last two years, probably, we've seen a significant increase, as has other agencies in the area," said Lt. Patrick Garey of the Community Narcotics Enforcement.
But they're on the case. As of Friday, two men who they believe have been dealing the drug locally are now behind bars. State Police say Jamie Young, 21, and Hector Estrada, 28, both of Endicott, were arrested for third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The narcotics team recovered $22,000 worth of heroin on the men, along with guns and $8,000 in cash, a sting they say was possible thanks to tips.
"They tell us about certain cars coming up, people there. That helps out," said Cpt. Craig Williams of Endicott Police. "People start talking to us it helps us lead into our investigation."
The heroin arrests come on the heels of state police uncovering a methamphetamine operation a day before. Edward Bailey, 25, faces federal charges for manufacturing the drug. His accomplices, David Coffey, 29, and James Mills, 45, were charged with criminal weapon and stolen property possession after an active meth lab was discovered in Endwell.
Further searches at a home in the Town of Tioga and at a rented storage facility produced several illegal weapons and various liquids used to make meth.
"We can't say with certainty that that was liquid methamphetamine, but it was consistent with many solvents that we would find at a meth lab," Lt. Garey said.
State Police are continuing to investigate the meth case, and anticipate more arrests. All five men are in custody in Broome and Tioga County jails.
State Police say further charges are pending in both cases.