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3 charged after raid on 'explosive and hazardous' meth lab in Oneida

Blake, James and Delfino/ Madison County Sheriff's Office

Three people are facing charges after a meth bust in Oneida, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Undersheriff John Ball says a raid was conducted just after 5 a.m. Thursday at 1720 Canal Road in Oneida by investigators with the sheriff's office. The raid followed an investigation into reported meth manufacturing at the home, Ball said.

“Specially trained tactical deputies made entry into the lab to find a very dangerous and active operation, contained in a highly caustic and volatile environment. The deputies located and removed a female from the lab structure during their search," Ball said in a release. As a result, each person was decontaminated at the scene.

Ball said the home wasn't near any other residences, but was close to the roadway. The road was closed until about 2 p.m. until State Police deemed the scene, which Ball said was "very explosive and hazardous," safe.

9.33 ounces of meth was seized with an approximate street value over $26,000, according to Ball.

Three people were arrested:

  • Alan Blake, 55, from Oneida: 1 count Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Second Degree (Felony) – over 2 ounces of methamphetamine (total of approximately 9.33 ounces); 1 count unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine Second Degree – prior conviction in last 5 years (C felony)
  • Brain James, 33, from Oneida; 1 count Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Second Degree (Felony) – over 2 ounces of methamphetamine (total of approximately 9.33 ounces); 1 count unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine Third Degree (D felony)
  • Nicole Delfino, 30, from Syracuse; 1 count Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Seventh Degree

Blake and James were arraigned in Oneida City Court and sent to the Madison County Jail without bail, according to Ball. Delfino was released on an appearance ticket.

The Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing and more charges may come.

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