Man arrested after Cortland Co. Sheriff's Deputies find active meth lab while serving eviction notice

Keith Dodge

While assisting on the delivery of a foreclosure notice, Cortland County Sheriffâ??s Deputies uncovered an active meth lab.

Deputies were called to 854 Sherman Road in the Town of Virgil to evict the residents of the home, when they found a meth lab in a building on the property. The buildings were secured and the State Police CCSERT and an environmental waste company were called to help with the clean-up.

The former owner of the property, 41-year-old Keith Dodge was pulled over in his car not far from the scene and arrested. 21-year-old Tyler Bergman, of Tully, was in the car with Dodge and was also arrested.

Bergman was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, for having metal knuckles.

Dodge is charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Dodge was arraigned and taken to jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.