Two accused of making meth in New Hartford

A lab analysis of chemical substances found in a two-liter bottle during a traffic stop last month lead to methamphetamine related charges for two people in Oneida County.

Danielle Russitano, 33 and Joshua Dziura, 28 are accused of making meth.

New Hartford Police say they stopped their car, off of French Road, last month. They suspected it may have been involved in a burglary in Utica.

Inside, police say they found a dirty syringe, a small vial of methamphetamine, and several items commonly used to make meth, including a mini-lab, known as "Shake and Bake" or a "One Pot."

Police say "One Pots" are extremely dangerous because they contain mixed toxic chemicals, which give off high heat that can ignite or even explode.

Russitano and Dziura are being held on several drug charges, including criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, criminal possession of a controlled substance.

They were arraigned in the Town of New Hartford court and sent to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of bail and/or parolee hearing.

Police say Russitano, homeless, was driving with a suspended license when she was stopped. She was also wanted on a warrant of the Town of New Hartford Court.

Dziura, the passenger, is a parolee that lives in Utica.

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