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      3 arrested in Cortland with meth labs in backpacks

      Nicholas Baldassare

      Three people are arrested in Cortland after investigators found them with meth labs in their backpacks.

      On Tuesday, at about 7:50 pm, a Cortland County Sheriff??s Department Narcotics Investigator, acting on a tip, saw three people acting suspicious on Clinton Avenue, between Charles Street and Church Street.

      The investigators called for backup from the Cortland City Police Department, and when they approached the three suspects, one of them took off. The suspect was found soon after hiding on a porch and was taken into custody. The other two suspects were taken into custody at the scene.

      Investigators found that the suspects were carrying backpacks that had one active, one pot meth lab and another inactive, or spent one pot meth lab. They also had components used for manufacturing meth.

      Neighbors in the immediate area were told to stay in their homes as environmental services removed the items from the scene.

      27-year-old Holdan Hayes was arrested and charged with third degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

      22-year-old Nicholas Baldassare was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

      23-year-old Jacquelyn Scott was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

      The three did not give officers their home addresses.

      The Cortland City Police Department, the Cortland City Fire Department and Fire Police, and the NYSP CCSERT assisted on the scene.

      The investigation is ongoing.