CANASTOTA – An Oneida man is facing felony charges after he was allegedly found to be making methamphetamine, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Sheriff’s Office and the Canastota Police Department responded to 102 E. Chapel St. in Canastota for a report of a strong chemical odor that smelled like the odors produced when meth is being cooked.
Deputies say investigators learned that a man was possibly cooking meth inside the apartment, so they went inside and found 38-year-old Ronald Ortman Jr. of Oneida, who admitted to investigators that he had been cooking meth and he had hidden the meth lab in the attic.
The building was then evacuated due to the hazardous materials in the meth lab, and a search warrant was executed. During the search, deputies say they found two meth labs, which the New York State Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team seized and removed.
Ortman is charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
Ortman was arraigned in the Town of Sullivan Court and sent to the Madison County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in the Village of Canastota Court on Aug. 14.