Pair accused of operating meth lab in Lancaster


LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two men have been charged with operating a meth lab on Field Street in Lancaster.

On Thursday, police found evidence in the trash outside a home evidence suggesting a meth lab, including used packages of pseudoephedrine, the precursor of methamphetamine, empty bottles of drain cleaner, lighter fluid, used rubber tubing, plastic “one pot” methamphetamine laboratory bottles and an empty cold pack.

A search warrant was granted and inside the home, officers found fuel, light fluid, brake fluid, sulfuric acid, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, ammonium nitrate, pliers, wire cutters, plastic bottles, rubber tubing, and a plastic funnel.

John Ruth, 39, of and Michael Jachimiak, 37, were arrested. Both are charged with possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture, with intent to possess, a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug-involved premises.

If convicted, each faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, and a maximum sentence of 40 years behind bars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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