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Report of injury leads to meth lab bust, charges for 4 people in Madison Co.

40-year-old Donald Ciani, 35-year-old Harold Ortman Jr., 37-year-old Connie Thurston and 34-year-old Mark Morey Jr. (Photos provided by the Madison County Sheriff's Office)

Four people are facing charges after a report of an injured person led to the discovery of a meth lab, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Posted: Mar 30, 2018 10:41 AM
Updated: Mar 30, 2018 3:26 PM

SMITHFIELD – Four people are facing charges after a report of an injured person led to the discovery of a meth lab, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they responded to 5370 Peterboro Road in the town of Smithfield to assist medical personnel with a report of a man who was bleeding, and shortly after arrival investigators found a meth lab and items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The Sheriff’s Office and New York State Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team then executed a search warrant and found methamphetamine and several other items used to make it.

Deputies say 40-year-old Donald Ciani, 35-year-old Harold Ortman Jr. and 37-year-old Connie Thurston – who all live at that address – and 34-year-old Mark Morey Jr., who lives at an address in Oneida, are each charged with the following:

- Third-degree manufacturing methamphetamine (Felony)
- Fifth-degree conspiracy (Misdemeanor)
- Seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance (Misdemeanor)

The four suspects were arraigned in the Town of Smithfield Court. Ciani, Morey and Ortman were all sent to the Madison County Jail on bail, and Thurston was released on her own recognizance. They’re all scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

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