Four city individuals arrested for ‘manufacturing meth’

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Four City of Cortland individuals were arrested early Friday morning after they were found to be “manufacturing methamphetamine” in a residence they “unlawfully entered,” according to a Cortland County Sheriff’s Office report.

According to the report, at 1:43 a.m. last Friday, city police officers responded to a residence on Monroe Heights. City police were in the midst of attempting to locate Thomas Joseph, 26, via an active warrant for his arrest, the report states.

City police discovered that Joseph, along with Dana P. Perreault, 31, Michaela L. O’Neill, 28, and Christian T. Rogers, 30, not only “unlawfully entered” the residence, but were also manufacturing meth inside the house, according to the report.

According to city police, the residence is college student housing. All four city residents were arrested by the Cortland County Drug Task Force, the report notes.

The county’s drug task force, along with the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and city police, executed a search warrant of the residence, the report states.

All four individuals were charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (a Class A-2 Felony), second-degree burglary (a Class-C Felony) and second-degree conspiracy (a Class-B Felony).

Perrault and Joseph were also charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine (a Class-B Felony), while O’Neill and Rogers had an additional charge of third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine (a Class-D Felony).

According to the report, the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be made in the near future.

All four individuals were arraigned in city court and are currently being held at the county jail with no bail. Each of them are slated to appear in city court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.