A Long Island man is facing charges after allegedly operating a drug lab out of his home, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.
Long Beach resident Jovin Weinstock was arraigned on Wednesday, Dec. 4 on multiple charges alleging that he operated a drug lab from his West Beech Street home.
Singas said that on Friday, May 10, Long Beach police officers responded to West Beech Street, where there was a report of a naked man - later identified as Weinstock - sleeping in the yard.
While investigating the home, officers allegedly found lab equipment inside a detached garage, including glassware, tubing, measuring equipment and a ventilation system.
Various chemicals, including acid, denatured alcohol and an unknown substance was also found being stirred on a lab hotplate.
According to Singas, the unknown substance contained nitrotoluene, a substance that can explode under certain conditions.
A search warrant of the home led to the seizure of 289 store-bought and packaged tablets of Sudafed, a precursor for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, hand-written chemical equations and notations for the creation of nitrotoluene and methaqualone (Quaaludes), instructions on how to manufacture methamphetamine, store-bought solvents and 15 clonazepam pills.
Weinstock, 41, was charged with:
- Two counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine;
- First-degree reckless endangerment;
- Criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine;
- Second-degree reckless endangerment;
- Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material;
- Criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Bail was set at $100,000 cash bail or bond. Weinstock is scheduled to appear back in court on Jan. 13 next year, when he will face up to seven years in prison.
“This defendant allegedly ran a clandestine drug lab out of his Long Beach home,” Singas said. “I thank the many first responders who secured the chaotic scene and ensured that no one was hurt by the potentially explosive chemicals allegedly found inside the house.”
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