QUEENSBURY — A Queensbury man who police said was making methamphetamine in his parents’ home has been indicted on three charges by a Warren County grand jury as his legal problems worsen in a neighboring county.
Andrew J. Rivett, 24, faces a felony count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and two misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials in an indictment handed up this week.
The charges stem from a police raid at a home on Fox Farm Road on Feb. 24, when police received information that Rivett had been making the highly addictive stimulant there.
Warren County sheriff’s officers did not find any meth, but found six different components and equipment used to mix them to “cook” chemicals into the drug, court records show.
Rivett’s legal issues intensified when he was arrested on a felony assault charge in Wilton last week for allegedly beating a woman with a cigarette roller and choking her. He was free on bail on the meth-related charges at the time of that incident.
He also was the subject of a police pursuit through woods and fields of West Glens Falls one day last week before that arrest, after he fled from officers who were trying to locate him.
Rivett pleaded not guilty to the meth-related charges Wednesday in Warren County Court and was sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail. He faces up to seven years in state prison if convicted of the weightiest charge.
His lawyer, William White, did not return a phone call for comment Wednesday or Thursday.
While methamphetamine has devastated users in parts of the country, it has only recently begun to show up in increasing amounts around the Glens Falls region.