Man charged for portable meth lab

A routine patrol in Cortland County, leads a Sheriff's Deputy, to a mobile methamphetamine lab.

A Cortland man now faces a drug charge after materials typically used in meth lab were found in his vehicle.

The Cortland County Sheriff's Office says this is the first meth lab it has encountered, and it prompted a large response.

Early Monday morning, a The Cortland County Sheriff's Deputy found a green pick up truck on a rural back road in Homer. Inside, he found 30-year-old Richard Smith Jr. semi-conscious. The Cortland man was allegedly making meth.

Mark Helms says It can be made several different ways and the items that are used, it's going to be up to the officer to actually realize what they are looking at and what they're doing with it. Because a lot of it is simple things you have around your house.

Helms says officers are trained to notice the ingredients for meth.

Police say smith was using the "single pop" method, which combines materials like cold medicine, drain cleaner and fertilizer in a plastic soda bottle.

Lieutenant Ed Lake says Each item, in it of itself is not illegal to possess but the combination of having these items and in the setting they were in leads to suspicious activity, and alerts the office that there is a potential for hazard.

When mixed, the items are a dangerous combination, which could be explosive. That TMs why there was such a large response. Lt. Lake says specialized teams with the New York State Police, the Homer Fire Department and TLC Ambulance were called in to help safely remove the chemicals.

Smith has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Earlier coverage:A Cortland man faces a drug charge after items typically used in methamphetamine labs were found in his vehicle.

A Cortland County Sheriff's Deputy found 30-year-old Richard M. Smith, of Cortland, semi-conscious in a pickup truck on Foster Road in Homer around 5:30 am Monday morning.

Officers evacuated the immediate area and secured the location.

Members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and Contaminated Crime Scene Response Team were called in.

The Sheriff's Office says all chemicals and materials on scene were removed by specialized teams.

Smith was arraigned on a criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was sent to the Cortland County Jail on $20,000 bond and is scheduled to reappear in Town of Homer Court on Tuesday, at 4 pm.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.