Police find meth lab following traffic stop in Cortland County

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Two Cortland County residents were arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday following a traffic stop on River Street, New York State Police said.


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Michael J. Gohl, 34, of Gee Brook Road, Marathon, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Patrick W. Mott, 20, of South Ave, Cortland, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police seized about 4 grams of meth and “a marihuana cigarette” during the traffic stop, according to a news release.

Following the traffic stop, police searched Mott’s apartment and reportedly found three digital drug scales and spoons with methamphetamine residue. Officers searched Gohl’s residence in Marathon and found methamphetamine manufacturing equipment and “one pot” labs.

Among the other items reportedly seized at Gohl’s residence include 113 ounces of methamphetamine oil, 10 spent one pot labs, one active one pot lab, digital drug scales and drug packaging materials.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending, police said. The Marathon Fire Department assisted police at the scene.


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