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29-year-old Robert Klein, 51-year-old Morries Briggs, 26-year-old Samantha Ortman and 28-year-old Rikki Sochia (Photos courtesy of the Oneida City Police Department)

The Oneida City Police Department has released more information following a drug bust on Thursday.

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 4:49 PM

ONEIDA – The Oneida City Police Department has released more information following a drug bust on Thursday.

Police say that following a lengthy investigation into illegal drug activity, the New York State Police SORT team executed a search warrant at 221/223 N. Broad St. in Oneida. Police say evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing and other drug activity was found inside the home, and further investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine with a street value of around $3,500.

Twenty-nine-year-old Robert Klein, 51-year-old Morries Briggs, 26-year-old Samantha Ortman and 28-year-old Rikki Sochia – all of whom live at the Broad Street location – were all taken into custody and charged.

Police say several children were also found inside the home, and they were taken to Oneida Healthcare Center to be evaluated and for a CPS investigation.

The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded to the scene to collect hazardous materials and evidence.

Police say that because the home was so close to the North Broad Street Elementary School, police made arrangements to alter bus routes for students arriving at school Thursday morning, and the school was deemed to be safe prior to opening.

Robert Klein is charged with the following:
-Second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Felony)
- Third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine (Felony)
- Criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (Felony)
- Unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory materials (Felony)
- Second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials (Misdemeanor)
- Seventh-degre criminal possession of a controlled substance (Misdemeanor)
- Second-degree reckless endangerment (Misdemeanor)
- Two counts of endangering the welfare of a child (Misdemeanors)

Morries Briggs is charged with the following:
- Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Misdemeanor)
- Fourth-degree criminal facilitation (Misdemeanor)

Samantha Ortman is charged with the following:
- Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Misdemeanor)
- Fourth-degree criminal facilitation (Misdemeanor)

Rikki Sochia is charged with the following:
- Seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Misdemeanor)
- Fourth-degree criminal facilitation (Misdemeanor)
- Two counts of endangering the welfare of a child (Misdemeanors)

All four were arraigned in Oneida City Court. Klein was sent to the Madison County Jail without bail or bond, and Briggs was sent to the Madison County Jail on $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond.

Ortman and Sochia were both sent to the Probation Department for supervised release on their own recognizance. All four suspects will return to Oneida City Court on Jan. 26.

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