Deputies discover meth lab in Cortland County

By Anna Norris

Deputies discover meth lab in Cortland County

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM EDT

Virgil, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One man is arrested after deputies discovered an active meth lab in his foreclosed home in Cortland County.

The Cortland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Keith Dodge, 41, of 854 Sherman Rd. in the Town of Virgil on multiple felony charges.

According to deputies, they originally went to the house to assist a foreclosure company in evicting Dodge, along with anyone else living there.

Just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, deputies arrived at the house to secure the property, but instead discovered an active meth lab in an outside building.

Deputies found Dodge driving near his once-owned home about the same time they found the meth lab.

The New York State Police CCSERT and an environmental waste company helped deputies collect evidence and remove all the hazardous waste. Investigators were on the scene for approximately seven hours.

According to deputies, the lab was not endangering neighbors or nearby traffic.

Dodge was taken to the Cortland County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. His charges include:

- Unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, class E felony
- Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, class D felony
- Criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, class E felony
- Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, class A misdemeanor

Tyler Bergman, 21, of Tully, was in the car with Dodge at the time of his arrest.

Bergman was arrested for a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon after deputies found metal knuckles.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

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