Pair charged with making meth after traffic stop in Cortlandville

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A traffic stop in Cortlandville Wednesday night led to the arrest of two area residents on drug-related charges, the Cortland County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday.

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Charles "Buddy" Mullen III

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Jacob Falso

At around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, officers from the Cortland County Sheriff's Department stopped a vehicle on Route 222 in the town of Cortlandville for an equipment violation.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jacob Falso, 22, of 9 Albany Street in the village of Homer. The passenger was identified as being Charles "Buddy" Mullen III, 30, of 4067 Route 11 in Marathon.

Officers observed several items inside the vehicle used to make meth. Both men were taken into custody and found to be in possession of small amounts of heroin and methamphetamine.

Falso and Mullen were both charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a class D felony; two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. Mullen was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Both were arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court and sent to Cortland County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $15,000 bond. They are set to reappear in town court Jan. 4.

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