BUSTI – Edward R. Olsen, 23, and his brother, Brian D. Olsen, 29, are being held at the Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville following a raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab operation Thursday evening in two homes at the Bosco Trailer Park in the Town of Busti.
Sarah J. Deering, 23, who was arrested with them, is facing child endangerment and marijuana charges in Busti Town Court in about a week.
All three were arrested during a raid by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, the Lakewood-Busti Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office under search warrants issued by Busti Town Justice William Geary after an investigation into the alleged use of the two house trailers as a methamphetamine manufacturing and storage site.
Edward Olsen was captured as he tried to flee.
Investigators reported finding two working so-called “one-bottle” meth labs, one spent meth lab, five shotguns and ammunition and a large assortment of items needed to manufacture meth. During a cleanup of the trailer, lawmen reported also finding about 55 ounces of methamphetamine oil.
Geary remanded Edward Olsen to the county jail without bail after his arraignment on weapons and second-degree possession of controlled substance charges.
Deering and two small children were found in the second trailer, where authorities confiscated two other long guns and ammunition along with evidence of methamphetamine and marijuana. Because of the allegedly deplorable living conditions in that trailer, the children were taken into custody by officers from Chautauqua County Child Protection Services.
Both Edward Olsen and Deering were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Brian D. Olsen was arrested during the raid and found to be the subject of an existing North Harmony Town Court arrest warrant. He was remanded to the county jail after his arraignment in that court.
Spokesmen for the regional drug task force said that, after evidence is processed at an Olean crime laboratory, they expect additional charges to be lodged against Edward Olsen.
Both trailers were sealed as evidence sites and also declared uninhabitable.
Officials said an investigation of alleged methamphetamine operations in the Southern Tier is continuing. They ask anyone aware of narcotics-related activity in Chautauqua County to contact either the drug task force at (800) 344-8702.