Oneida man arrested after raid of his home turned up meth lab

Cesar Montanez

An Oneida man is under arrest after authorities raided his home on Main Street Thursday.

Oneida Police, along with the Oneida City Fire Department, New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, New York State Police Special Operations Response Team and a New York State Police chemist, investigated 542 Main Street, where they say they found 15.5 ounces of liquid meth, valued at $40,000. They also found several items used to manufacture meth, including ammonia nitrate and lithium.

36-year-old Cesar A. Montanez, who owns the Main Street home, was arrested and charged with second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory materials, and criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials. Investigators say Montanez disposed of chemicals that, when mixed, could have created dangerous gases or an explosion.

Montanez was arraigned and taken to the Madison County Jail on no bail.

Two other people that were at the home during the raid were detained and later released.

The investigation is continuing.