Suspect who led Rome Police on a manhunt faces drug charges

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Rome police have filed charges against a 28-year-old man after he dumped what authorities say was a mobile methamphetamine production lab and led police on a manhunt.

Nicholas S. Rotolo,  28, is charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and possession of a hypodermic needle.

According to authorities, around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, police say a man walking along Culberton Road carrying a large gym bag. The officer stopped to talk to the man, who threw the bag down and ran into the woods. The bag was found to contain an active methamphetamine production lab.

Officers followed the suspect's trail and ended up at an abandoned house in the former Wood Haven housing complex. A perimeter was set up and the Rome Police Special Response Team and New York State Police assisted in searching for the suspect. Detectives, who were aware of the suspect's identity, developed leads on his possible location. At about 3 p.m., Rotolo was found inside a vacant apartment nearby.

He is being held in the Oneida County Correctional Facility.

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