Taylor man charged with making meth at two-family home

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A Cortland County man has been accused of manufacturing methamphetamine at a two-family residence in the town of Taylor, the Cortland County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

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Christopher Baker (Cortland County Sheriff's Office)

At around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, patrol officers from the sheriff's office responded to a two-family residence at 5026 Telephone Road in the town of Taylor for a drug investigation. A resident reported possible drug activity to the responding officers.

Officers interviewed Christopher C. Baker, 26, who was found to be in possession of several items used to manufacture methamphetamine both inside and outside the residence. All of the people living inside the home were evacuated as a safety precaution, authorities said.

Investigators from the sheriff's office contacted the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) to assist at the scene with the search and removal of hazardous materials.

The Cincinnatus Fire Department, along with Cincinnatus Fire and Rescue and Cincinnatus Ambulance, were also called to the scene for assistance.

Residents living in the home were asked to make arrangements to spend the night with family members due to the extensive removal of hazardous materials, authorities said. Residents were able to return to the home the following afternoon.

Baker was charged with second-degree unlawful manufacturing methamphetamine in the second degree, a class C felony; unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, a class E felony; second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A2 felony, and several drug-related misdemeanor charges.

Baker was arraigned in Taylor Town Court and sent to Cortland County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

He is due back in Taylor Town Court Feb. 17.

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