Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection with a suspected meth lab in Oneida.
There was heavy police presence in Oneida all morning as investigators busted a suspected methamphetamine laboratory. Oneida City Police along with State Police executed a search warrant at 414 Lenox Avenue around 6:00 a.m., and officers wore gray and white hazardous materials suits to comb through the property.
Police arrested 27-year-old Michael Held Jr., along with his father 55-year-old Michael F. Held Sr. and 25-year-old Dusty G. Woods, all of the same 414 Lenox Avenue address. Police allege that the three were using the home as a lab to produce and sell meth.
Held Jr. faces felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, as well as misdemeanor criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and conspiracy. He is accused of possessing 6.3 grams of meth with intent to sell it, as well as possessing meth-making items and illegally disposing of hazardous lab materials.
Held Sr. and Woods are accused of purchasing items such as pseudoephedrine, which was then allegedly used to make the meth.
Police say they seized meth, cash, meth ingredients, cell phones, and a digital scale from the home. They say all hazardous material was removed from the premises, and an air quality check was performed to make sure the building did not contant any health hazards.
When reached for comment on the arrests, Oneida Police Chief David Meeker warned about the dangers of meth, saying "They get addicted on it. They'll sell all their property. I've seen people steal from their friends, neighbors, family just to support the habit. Their whole life becomes about doing the drug."
Local residents were surprised to learn this was happening in their neighborhood.
"I go by here everyday. Oh my god. You never know who is your neighbor today. This is ridiculous," said neighbor Abdelsalam Mohamed.
Robyn Mohamed added "I was very surprised when I went by and I saw hazmat suits. I kinda figured that's what it was. That's just amazing. We're here all the time. We stop here all the time."
Held Jr. was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Madison County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court on June 17. Held Sr. and Woods were issued appearance tickets for Oneida City Court on July 1 and released.