Three sentenced in Cortland County meth lab operation

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Three people were sentenced Thursday in Cortland County Court in connection with a meth lab that was discovered inside the garage of a Cortlandville home.

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Robert Alberts, Terry Maricle and Kristina Yerian were previously convicted on one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, a felony.

Alberts and Maricle were also convicted on one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, also a felony.

The three were arrested on June 13, 2014, after a Cortland County sheriff's deputy received an anonymous tip of an active meth lab at a home on North Road in the town of Cortlandville.

Deputies later searched the garage of the home and found multiple materials and substances used to make meth.

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From left, Robert J. Alberts, Terry L. Maricle and Kristina L. Yerian (Cortland County Sheriff's Office)

Some of the materials found in the garage include: starter fluid, lithium strips from batteries, Coleman fuel, drain cleaner, a gas generator and pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient used in making meth.

Maricle was sentenced to 9 years in prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision; Alberts was sentenced to 6 years in prison followed by 3 years of post-release supervision; Yerian was sentenced to 3 years in prison followed by 2 years of post-release supervision.

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