CORTLAND, N.Y. — Three people were arrested on felony meth manufacturing charges following a traffic stop in Cortland County early Sunday morning.
At around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the Cortland County Sheriff's Office Road Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop for an inadequate tail lamp. Authorities did not disclose where the stop occurred.
During the stop, officers determined that the driver— 37-year-old John C. Delaney, of Cortland—did not have a valid driver's license.
During the roadside interview of the passengers, officers detected a strong chemical smell inside the vehicle and found components used to manufacture methamphetamine. Those items were seized by authorities.
All three occupants of the vehicle were detained and transported to the Cortland County Sheriff's Office.
John Delaney, the driver, was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a class D felony; unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, a class E felony; and several misdemeanor drug charges.
Kyle A. Short, 21, and Sabrina M. Proctor, 21, both from Dryden, were arrested on the same charges.
The Cortland Fire Department, Cortland Police Department, and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Response Team assisted the sheriff's office in the investigation.