CORTLAND, N.Y. — A traffic stop led to troopers discovering an extensive methamphetamine lab at a residence in Cortland County, the New York State Police said.
On Tuesday troopers, with help from the Cortland County Drug Task Force, arrested Michael J. Gohl and Patrick W. Mott during a traffic stop on River Street in the city of Cortland. State police did not say what led to the stop.
Then troopers got permission to search Mott’s Cortland home where they found three digital scales, spoons and methamphetamine residue, state police said.
Later troopers executed a search warrant at Gohl’s home in the town of Marathon. State police said they found an extensive methamphetamine operation and secured the scene until the next day when the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and the Marathon Fire Department could respond.
State police said troopers eventually seized 113 ounces of methamphetamine oil, 10 spent one-pot labs, 1 active one-pot lab, 2 ounces of marijuana, digital scales, and packaging material.
Also seized were items used to make methamphetamine, state police said, including camp lantern fuel, cold packs, lithium batteries, coffee filters, crystal drain opener, and liquid drain opener.
Gohl, 34, of 1633 Gee Brook Road, Marathon, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Mott, 20, of 8 South Ave., Cortland, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. State police did not provide a mug shot of Mott.
Troopers are continuing to investigate.