Cortland Police discovered two Meth labs within days on two streets in the City of Cortland that sit just one block away from each other.
The first took place at around 2:00pm on July 13 at Apartment 3 on 76 1/2 Lincoln Avenue, when Cortland Police received a complaint of a strong chemical order around Lincoln Avenue. Police say that when they arrived on the scene they could smell a strong odor of ammonia and found ingredients used to make Methamphetamine on the porch of the apartment.
The Cortland Fire Department and the New York State Police HazMat team were contacted and responded to assist the investigation. A search warrant was obtained, evidence was confiscated, and the investigation continued throughout last week.
On Friday, July 20th, at around 4pm, police say investigators went to 76 1/2 Lincoln Avenue to interview suspects involved with the investigation, and during the interviews, investigators found more ingredients used to make Methamphetamine inside Apartment 3. The Cortland Fire Department and the New York State Police HazMat team were contacted again, and a search revealed additional evidence. John Rosen, 43, of Cortland, and Renee Perfetti, 44, of Cortland were then both arrested for third degree unlawful manufacture of Methamphetamine among other charges.
Police say a few hours later on the 20th, at 9:25pm, the Cortland Fire Department responded to a call regarding a possible house fire on the next street over, 95 Maple Avenue.
A volunteer firefighter who lives down the street told CNY Central that he saw smoke coming from the roof of the structure, and called firefighters to the scene. Police say when the firefighters entered the residence they smelled a strong chemical odor, and while searching the residence they discovered ingredients used to make Methamphetamine. The residence was then secured by the Cortland Police Department and the New York State Police Hazmat team assisted the investigation.
A search warrant was obtained, and the New York State Police HazMat team searched the residence. Arrests are pending. Police did not say if the two investigations were linked.