Nearly 10 months after police discovered the makings of a small methamphetamine lab in a basement of a home on Neighborhood House Drive in East Hampton, an arrest has been made.
Brian Damark, who will turn 21 later this month, was arrested on Friday and charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third-degree, a felony.
East Hampton Town police Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said, "He had key ingredients that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine." Police found red phosphorus and iodine, as well as some necessary equipment, Anderson said.
East Hampton Town Justice Catherine A. Cahill released him on his own recognizance.
On the night of June 24, 2010, police were called to 16 Neighborhood House Drive, where Damark was living, for a domestic dispute and discovered suspicious chemicals that they said could be used for a meth lab. The house is located down a narrow road behind the community center.
Residents of the area were evacuated for their safety and town police called in Suffolk County Crime Lab and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A DEA spokeswoman in the New York office could not be immediately reached on Monday, but the arrest report referenced a DEA chemist who assisted at a special agent at the scene. The chemicals found were tested at a DEA lab.
Of the lag time between the discovery and the arrest, Anderson said, "It's just the course of time this particular investigation ran."
Police at the time couldn't be sure that what they found was a meth lab. In fact, Chief Ed Ecker said at the time there had never been one found in the Town of East Hampton.
According to a police report, Damark now lives on Talkhouse Walk in East Hampton.