Law enforcement officers raided a second clandestine methamphetamine lab in the city of Oneida within a two-week period, authorities said.
Emergency crews spent the day Tuesday on the scene of the city’s latest meth lab at 1080 Palmer Drive, where Oneida police, along with the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team and Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant at 5:30 a.m. following an investigation into the illegal manufacture of meth.
This came after a raid in Oneida two weeks ago on June 15 at an apartment inside 414 Lenox Ave., where 6.3 grams of methamphetamine were seized, police previously said. Three people were charged following that investigation.
Tuesday’s raid, police said, resulted in the following arrests:
◦ Robert Scott Atkinson, 39, of 1080 Palmer Dr., was charged third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree conspiracy, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.
◦ Melissa Dager, 42, of Creek Road, Oneida, was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of meth, criminal possession of precursors of meth, unlawful disposal of meth lab materials, second-degree criminal possession of meth manufacturing material, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree conspiracy.
Both were sent to the Madison County jail in lieu of bail set at $25,000 for Atkinson and $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond for Dager, police said. They are due to appear in Oneida City Court on Friday.
The Palmer Drive meth lab was discovered in a residential area of owner-occupied homes that has a reputation for being a quiet, nice neighborhood, and this shows that there’s no limit to where meth labs can be found, police said.
This lab also the latest in a series of dangerous and highly explosive meth labs that have been discovered across Madison and Oneida counties within the past year so far.
The latest meth activity seemed to have some connection to the Sylvan Beach and Camden areas – just north of Oneida – where a number of people who faced meth-related charges in Oneida County over recent months all resided.
One of those individuals – Wallace Edick, 42, of Blossvale – just pleaded guilty in Oneida County Court this week to unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine using a makeshift lab inside a garage in Sylvan Beach.