March 9, 2018
JASPER, NY – State Police Investigator Curt Eaton reports that State Troopers from the Bath and North Hornell went to the residence of Mark J. Walton, age 45, who livess at 3222 County Route 71 in Jasper. Troopers say they observed Walton and James Ball, age 22, of #2972 Route #49, Mansfield, Pa, in the process of making methamphetamine. Both Ball and Walton were charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine, 3rd degree (class “D” Felony), and arraigned in the town of Hornellsville Court. The two suspects were remanded to the Steuben Co. Jail – Walton’s bail was set at $50,000.00 cash or $100,000.00 property bond, and Ball’s bail was set at $25,000.00 cash or $50,000.00 property bond.
“Upon the execution of a search warrant at the Walton residence, which involved Troopers, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (C.C.S.E.R.T.), a large quantity of methamphetamine was seized, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment, all used in the manufacture of methamphetamine,” Eaton stated in a statement from State Police. “Walton and Ball were additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree (class “A-II” Felony), and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree (class “A” misdemeanor), and arraigned in the town of Bath Court. Both were again remanded to the Steuben Co. Jail in lieu of additional bail set at $50,000.00 cash or $100,000.00 property bond.”