Cortland Police Bust Three People in Connection With Union Street Meth Lab
Cortland Police are investigating a confirmed meth lab that was discovered last night on Union Street, three people are facing charges.
Just after 7 o’clock last night a neighbor spotted smoke coming from a second floor apartment at 34 Union Street, which is close to the intersection of Reynolds Ave.
According to City Fire Chief Chuck Glover, rescuers received word en route to the scene that the fire may be suspicious and could be the result of a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing operation. When firefighters arrived they found people still inside the house there was no fire but the house was full of smoke. City Police Officers entered the house and took three people into custody.
Neighbors gathered nearby and watched from lawn chairs and front porches as police gathered evidence, small children were playing just a few yards away from the potentially dangerous drug lab. Meth labs are not only highly explosive, but the chemicals involved in the drugs manufacture create a toxic stew that can threaten the health of others.
The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Response Team was called in to assist with the investigation due to the contaminants used in the meth making process. Police have removed the equipment and the ingredients used to make the drug.
Police have arrested 28 year old Matthew Stone of 2367 Parks Road Homer, 30 year old Joshua Marshall of 34 Union Street, and 22 year old Savannah Webster of Green Lake Road Little York. All three have been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine a class E felony as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance which is a class A misdemeanor. Police say additional charges are pending, investigators removed what they believe is a large quantity of finished meth from the home. The drug will be lab tested to verify that it is actually meth.
A portion of Union Street was closed for several hours last night, the street is open but the home is still locked down pending a review by Code Officers and the County Health Department.
This would be the 3rd meth lab found in Cortland in less than a year, last summer two labs were found one on Maple Ave. another on Lincoln Ave. Earlier this week 31 year old Joshua Pittsley of 136 Groton Avenue Cortland was arrested by County Police after investigators found him making meth at a mobile lab on State Forrest land in the Town of Scott.